Biology 2010 Student Edition

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

Chapter 8, Photosynthesis - Assessment - 8.2 Photosynthesis: An Overview - Understand Key Concepts/Think Critically - Page 244: 13


Plant pigments capture light from the sun for cells of the plant to use during the process of photosynthesis.

Work Step by Step

Plant pigments include chlorophyll and other pigments such as carotene. Chlorophyll reflects green light but absorbs light that is blue-violet or red, which is the reason why chlorophyll makes plants appear green. Carotene, on the other hand, reflects red and orange light and absorbs light in other regions of the visible spectrum. The capturing of sunlight by these pigments is essential to the process of photosynthesis.
Update this answer!

You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this answer.

Update this answer

After you claim an answer you’ll have 24 hours to send in a draft. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback.