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Turning green plants red

Turning green plants red

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Chlorophyll makes plants green, but not always. See how light of different wavelengths is absorbed and reflected differently
Chlorophyll makes plants green, but not always. See how light of different wavelengths is absorbed and reflected differently

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Published by: Powerhouse Museum on Dec 18, 2013
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 THE SCIENCE LAB
Make & Do Activity Kit 
500 Harris St UltimoPO Box K346 Haymarket NSW 1238 Australia Tel: 02 6217 0111http://play.powerhousemuseum.com This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.
Turning green plants red
Chlorophyll makes plants green, but not always!See how light of different wavelengths is absorbedand reflected differently.
 Time:
 
 Approximately 1 hour 
Difficulty:Hints:
 The hot water steps of this experimentshould only be done by an adult.
Wash a large handful of green leafy vegetables.
1.
 Adult only step:
 Boil in water for 1 minute.
2.
 Adult only step:
Using the tongs, take the leaves from the boiling water and place in the ice bath for 1 minute.
3.
 Adult only step or under supervision:
Place the leaves into the blender. Add oil and blend into a thin liquid.
4.
Strain the green oil through a fine mesh strainer. If you can’t get the leafy bit out,  you can squeeze it through an old tea towel or fabric.
5.
 The chlorophyll is now infused in the oil. Shine  you U.V torch on to the chlorophyll. Note that this works best in a very dark room.
6.
large handful of kale, spinach or any leafy green vegetable
boiling water 
tongs
a bowl
vegetable oil
blender 
black light
a fine mesh strainer 
What you will need:
 
500 Harris st. UltimoPO Box K346 Haymarket NSW 1238Australia Tel: 02 9217 0111http://play.powerhousemuseum.comCreative Commons Licence for use of this workThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Australia Licence (CC BY-NC 3.0 AU)http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/au/

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