Pigments which are responsible for the green colour in plants are chlorophyll pigments. Chlorophyll is one that among the major groups of the pigment, which are responsible for the conversion of sunlight into chemical energy and all this process occurs in the photosynthesis process. As the main function of chlorophyll is the absorption of sunlight, this energy is helpful in the conversion of carbon dioxide into carbohydrates. During all this process, oxygen is released as a by-product of photosynthesis. Along with plants, chlorophyll is also present in some organisms like Cyanobacteria.
Chlorophyll is further divided into various forms like chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b, chlorophyll c, etc but among them, chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b are mainly present in higher plants and green algae. Whereas chlorophyll c is found in marine algae and chlorophyll d is found in some of the species of cyanobacteria. Chlorophyll e is very rare as it is hardly found in few algae, like golden algae. Apart from all these things, chlorophyll structure is almost similar to structure of haemoglobin.
Location of Chlorophyll in Chloroplast:
Pigments of chlorophyll are mainly a green colour and they are light-dependent reactions. They absorb light from the sun i.e. red and blue light and convert this light into chemical energy which is their most important role in photosynthesis. In chloroplast, there is a structure termed as grana, which is made up of stacks of flattened discs called thylakoids and these thylakoids contain the photosystem and in these photosystems, photosynthetic pigments are present.
Role of Chlorophyll in Photosynthetic Process:
The major role of chlorophyll is in photosynthesis, as during this process plants absorb light energy and this light energy is converted into chemical energy. Using sunlight, carbohydrate synthesis takes place with the help of carbon dioxide and water. We can see the presence of chlorophyll in almost all green plants and some organisms like: green plants, cyanobacteria, and algae. In the photosynthesis process, chlorophyll absorbs sunlight of different wavelengths and with the help of carbon dioxide and water, they perform the synthesis process of carbohydrates. In chlorophyll, a magnesium ion is present in abundant amounts and this forms a large ring-like structure known as chlorine. A characteristic feature of chlorine rings is that they are heterocyclic compounds derived from pyrrole.
Important Features of Chlorophyll:
Some of the features of chlorophyll are discussed below:
A. Chlorophyll are known to be fat-soluble organic molecules having tetrapyrrole ring and due to this reason they are called the “Tetrapyrrole pigments or Magnesium chlorine”.
B. They are known to be food producers of the cell found in green plants, and they are mainly located in the chloroplast
C. Chlorophyll works as a factor for the proper growth of healthy and green plants.
D. Chlorophyll is also present in the mesophyll cells in the leaves of green plants.
E. Chlorophyll has a tendency to reflect green colour by absorbing red and blue wavelengths of light from sun rays.
F. It is also known as power of the cell-like mitochondria, as they help in the production of ATP.
G. Chlorophyll structure is similar to that of heme group of haemoglobin and cytochromes, which is derived from protoporphyrin
Difference Between Chlorophyll a and Chlorophyll b:
Difference Between Chlorophyll and Chloroplast: