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    Common Plant Photosynthetic Pigments

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    Provide a description of common plant photosynthetic pigments you might expect to find in cabbage. Why do plants have photosynthetic pigments?

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    Photosynthetic organisms harvest energy from light to synthesize ATP (adenosine triphosphate), in which the energy is stored as chemical energy and used in a diverse array of metabolic pathways. Plants have evolved specialized organelles whose purpose is to convert light energy into chemical energy. These organelles are called chloroplasts. Within chloroplasts are sacs of membranes called thylakoids. The thylakoids have vast arrays of aggregates of pigments (called antennae complexes) bound by a protein matrix.

    Pigments in plants are much like the familiar pigments in daily life like in the paint of your favorite artwork or a T-shirt. ...

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    Common plant photosynthesis pigments are examined.