Volume 95 Issue 3 | p. 23
Issue Date: January 16, 2017 | Web Date: January 10, 2017

Periodic graphics: How do evergreen trees stay green?

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning queries the chemical tactics conifers use to make it through the winter
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: biological chemistry, periodic graphics, evergreens, antifreeze, nutrients, chlorophyll, cutin

References used to create this graphic:

Antifreeze proteins enable plants to survive in freezing conditions

How do trees survive winter cold?

Christmas trees have trouble seeing the light

Plant freezing and damage


To download a pdf of this article, visit http://cenm.ag/evergreen.

To see more of Brunning’s work, go to http://compoundchem.com. To see all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics, visit http://cenm.ag/periodicgraphics.


This article has been translated into Spanish by Divulgame.org and can be found here.

 
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Comments
Martin Bide (Wed Jan 18 17:59:27 EST 2017)
Interesting stuff. One minor detail: the breakdown of chlorophyll does not "allow red anthocyanin pigments to become visible" in deciduous tree leaves: they are formed at about the same time as the breakdown. (If they were present all along, leaves would look dark brown, like a copper beech).
Sara Sutcliffe (Wed Jan 18 22:05:16 EST 2017)
Has there been any consideration of collecting some of the best of these into a coffee table type book? Or a e-reader format. Seems like it would sell.
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