Chlorophyll A

Definition - What does Chlorophyll A mean?

Chlorophyll is the pigment in all plants that makes them green. The plant relies on chlorophyll to harness the light produced by the sun or grow lights for growth and water absorption. Chlorophyll is a molecule.

All plant chlorophyll is divided into either 'chlorophyll A' or 'chlorophyll B'. The two types of chlorophyll differ only slightly in one small composition sidechain: chlorophyll A is -CH3, and chlorophyll B it is CHO.

Working in unison, chlorophyll A absorbs wavelengths that range from 430 to 662 nanometer spectrums and chlorophyll B absorbs wavelengths between 400 to 700 nanometers.

MaximumYield explains Chlorophyll A

Chlorophyll A and B both have the ability to absorb wavelengths of orange-red light and violet-blue light. Plants use this light to synthesize carbohydrates from CO2 and water. The process is known as photosynthesis.

Without this ability, a plant cannot live. Chlorophyll plays a key role in a plant’s life cycle and growth. However, after harvesting some plants, chlorophyll often makes the plant smell like fresh cut grass.

In order to achieve optimal taste and smell, many plants must undergo a curing process to breakdown its chlorophyll and optimize flavor.

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