Plant carotenoids: pigments for photoprotection, visual attraction, and human health.

@article{Bartley1995PlantCP,
  title={Plant carotenoids: pigments for photoprotection, visual attraction, and human health.},
  author={Glenn E. Bartley and Pablo A. Scolnik},
  journal={The Plant cell},
  year={1995},
  volume={7 7},
  pages={1027-38}
}
Plant carotenoids are red, orange, and yellow lipid-soluble pigments found embedded in the membranes of chloroplasts and chromoplasts. Their color is masked by chlorophyll in photosynthetic tissues, but in late stages of plant development these pigments contribute to the bright colors of many flowers and fruits and the carrot root. Carotenoids protect photosynthetic organisms against potentially harmful photooxidative processes and are essential structural components of the photosynthetic… CONTINUE READING