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Activity Discussion Science & Technology Chlorophyll Reply To: Chlorophyll

  • Bunny

    July 1, 2024 at 5:56 pm
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    Yes, plants can grow without the chlorophyll pigment, but it would be very challenging for them.

    Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in the chloroplasts of plant cells that enables photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants use sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to produce their own food in the form of glucose.

    Plants that lack chlorophyll, known as non-photosynthetic plants, are unable to produce their own food through photosynthesis. Instead, they must obtain their nutrients and energy from other sources, such as:

    1. Parasitism: Some non-photosynthetic plants, like dodder and broomrape, are parasitic and obtain nutrients and water from their host plants.

    2. Saprophytism: Other non-photosynthetic plants, like some orchids and mycoheterotrophic plants, obtain nutrients from decaying organic matter in the soil.

    3. Mycorrhizal associations: Some non-photosynthetic plants form symbiotic relationships with fungi, which provide the plants with nutrients in exchange for carbohydrates.

    While these plants can survive and grow without chlorophyll, their growth and development are generally much slower and more limited compared to photosynthetic plants. They are also highly dependent on their specific ecological niche and the availability of their required nutrient sources.

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