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The chemistry behind the colors of autumn leaves infographic

The chemistry BEHIND THE COLORS OF AUTUMN LEAVES Orange • Chlorophyll gives leaves their • Orange leaves contain' green color. beta-carotene. • Plants produce chlorophyll in sunlight • Beta-carotene contributes to orange colors in vegetables. and warm weather. • Chlorophyll production decreases during • Orange carotenoids decrease at a far slower autumn. rate than chlorophyll. Sellow Red • Carotenoids are responsible for yellow leaves. • The color red is triggered by anthocyanin synthesis. • Carotenoids are yellow pigments also found in vegetables. • Anthocyanin helps protect leaves from excess light. • Yellow colors become dominant when chlorophyll decreases. • Anthocyanin prolongs the time that leaves fall from trees. SOURCES: RVAN of-the-Colours-of-Autumn-Leaves-v2.png BBIGSHOT LAWN & TREE INBOUND

The chemistry behind the colors of autumn leaves infographic

shared by asandersdesign on Feb 27
Every fall, Americans around the country get into the holiday spirit by appreciating the beauty of autumn colors. As the seasons change from summer to fall, and then into winter, trees and plants take...


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