Chlorophyll Manufacturing in Plants
There is a common bioloby laboratory activity where
tobacco or corn is grown in the
dark. The plant appears spindly, and is colored either yellow or
white. Upon exposure to light, the plant turns green.
What is it about the light that allows the chlorophyl to be manufactured?
Is there something with enzymes? Perhaps a gene repression process?
Perhaps photo-oxidation of a suppressor protein?
Perhaps the following may be helpful:
Anthony R. Brach
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Update: June 2012