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Name: Darla
Status: educator
Grade: other
Location: KY
Country: N/A
Date: 4/2/2005


Question:
Why are beets red? Where does the red color come from? If I were to do a science experiment for my class, would it be possible to remove the red and make a beet a new color?


Replies:
The pigments anthocyanins and betalins result in the red color of beets.

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/bot00/bot00108.htm

I'm not aware of a method to remove these pigments in a simple class experiment; however, instead, you might look at simple experiments to show the uptake of different color dyes by cut flowers such as carnations.

http://agspsrv34.agric.wa.gov.au/agency/pubns/farmnote/1989/f03189.htm

Anthony Brach Ph.D.



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