carotene in carrots

Mary Williams mwilliams at THUBAN.AC.HMC.EDU
Tue Apr 8 19:17:41 EST 1997

A student asked me today why there is so much b-carotene in carrot roots.
I've been unable to come up with a satisfactory answer. Are there any
anti-microbial properties to carotenoids? Has human selection been the
cause? Are the carotenoids ever mobilized to the shoot?
Any help will be appreciated!

Mary Williams
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, CA

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