Biology 2010 Student Edition

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 9780133669510
ISBN 13: 978-0-13366-951-0

Chapter 8, Photosynthesis - 8.2 - Photosynthesis: An Overview - 8.2 Assessment - Page 234: 1a


Pigments such as chlorophyll are needed because they capture light energy to be used for photosynthesis.

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Pigments such as chlorophyll absorb certain wavelengths of light. There are two forms of chlorophyll used by plants: chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b. These two types absorb light well within the blue-violet and red portions of the visible spectrum but do not absorb light in the green part of the spectrum; therefore, chlorophyll gives plants their green color because chlorophyll reflects green light.
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