12th November 2019

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Which colors of light are absorbed by chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll absorbs light most strongly in the blue and red but poorly in the green portions of the electromagnetic spectrum; hence the green color of chlorophyll-containing tissues such as plant leaves. The green portion of the solar spectrum is reflected not absorbed.

Keeping this in view, which wavelengths of light are the most effective in photosynthesis?

Certain red and blue wavelengths of light are the most effective in photosynthesis because they have exactly the right amount of energy to energize, or excite, chlorophyll electrons and boost them out of their orbits to a higher energy level.

What wavelengths does chlorophyll b absorb?

Each type of pigment can be identified by the specific pattern of wavelengths it absorbs from visible light, which is the absorption spectrum. Chlorophyll a absorbs light in the blue-violet region, while chlorophyll b absorbs red-blue light.

What wavelengths of light are used in photosynthesis?

Chlorophyll a: This is the most abundant pigment in plants. Chlorophyll a absorbs light with wavelengths of 430nm(blue) and 662nm(red). It reflects green light strongly so it appears green to us.
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