Chlorophyll B

Definition - What does Chlorophyll B mean?

Chlorophyll within a plant’s fibers is what makes the plant's foliage appear green. However, chlorophyll also plays an important role in the plant’s overall life and growth. The plant uses chlorophyll to absorb sunlight and the light from grow lights. Upon absorption, the plant uses the light to successfully synthesizes CO2 and water for survival.

Chlorophyll is broken into two categories: chlorophyll A and chlorophyll B. The two differ very little. Chlorophyll A can absorb light from 430 to 662 nanometer spectrums and chlorophyll B absorbs wavelengths from 400 to 700 nanometers.

MaximumYield explains Chlorophyll B

Both chlorophyll A and chlorophyll B are molecules that the plant relies on to utilize the power of light in its life cycle. The two molecules differ by only a small composition sidechain; chlorophyll A is -CH3, and in chlorophyll B it is CHO.

The process that chlorophyll utilizes light is known as photosynthesis. All plants contain chlorophyll, however after harvest chlorophyll often makes the some types of plants smell like fresh cut grass and renders the plant overly harsh tasting if is not properly cured to remove almost all of the chlorophyll.

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