Why are carrots orange?
n9382358 at waldorf.cc.wwu.edu
Tue Apr 25 13:57:31 EST 1995
In my botany class, we were discussing roots and the question came up on
WHY do carrots (the part we eat of them) contain carotene? Since they are
underground, they don't need carotene as any kind of accessory pigment,
right? Is there any evolutionary significance to this? Is carotene a
toxin to certain parasites? I'm just a first year biology student and
I've done a little bit of searching in the library for an answer if
there is one, with no success. I would greatly appreciate your input.
O "Hill!" / Carl W. Youngquist
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