Periodic graphics: How do evergreen trees stay green? | January 10, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 3 | Chemical & Engineering News
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

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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

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Martin Bide (January 18, 2017 5:59 PM)
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 (January 18, 2017 10:05 PM)
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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