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True color of leaves

Bob Vaillancourt vail at GSOSUN1.GSO.URI.EDU
Tue Mar 21 19:30:10 EST 1995

On xxx, 21 Mar 1995, Henrik Vibe Scheller wrote:

> Anthocyanins are very important pigments for the fall colour of leaves. 
> The red colours are mostly due to these pigments. And they may be there
> also in summer, but they are synthesized in large amounts in the fall. 
> Especially on cool and sunny days.
> Henrik
>  Isn't it also true that the accessory pigs in land plants do not
transfer their absorbed energy to photosynthetic reaction centers but
merely provide a protective function?  I seem to remember this from
comprehensive exam studying, it is not true in algal systems, with a few

Bob Vaillancourt
Graduate School of Oceanography
Narragansett,Rhode Island

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