Sura Jeselsohn

Chlorophyll has Colleagues-IV

Nature is never simple. We have discussed chlorophyll, the chlorophyll containing structures known as chloroplasts, and even animals that have incorporated chloroplasts into their cells. Today, we will move along to other pigments found in plants. Accessory Pigments – Carotenoids & Anthocyanins Carotenoids  The carotenoids are divided into two classes based on their chemistry – …

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Where did all the chloroplasts go? – Part III

So, just to be clear, chlorophyll powers photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is found in chloroplasts and chloroplasts are found only in plants. Well, not so fast. Nature is always surprising us.  A Fascinating sea slug May I present the sea-slug ,Elysia viridis. Elysia viridis – Courtesy of Genet Their green  color is really due to chlorophyll located …

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Dancing Monarchs

We were walking home Shabbos morning(9-11-21) at 11:30am and passed Independence Avenue & W. 236th St. On that corner (property of PS24), there was a white-flowered buddleia attracting tens of Monarch butterflies. We went back today, Sunday morning (9-12-21), and took pictures and videos. Buddleia flowers tend to bloom and die back quickly and, I …

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Clethra alnifolia

Years ago I planted a Clethra alnifolia, otherwise the Sweet Pepperbush. Although it has bloomed every year, I never paid much attention to it despite its fragrance because the flowers are not highly dramatic. Today, I realized that the shrub was awash with flowers and finally took a closer look. I was rewarded with partially …

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