THE CONVERSATION: Curious Kids: why do leaves change colour?

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Release date: 24/10/2018

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Hi Issac, this is a really interesting question and something that lots of people wonder about when the seasons change. In the autumn, lots of plants (especially trees) throw away their leaves.

These are great for jumping in, but why do some plants do this? It seems like a waste. But actually, by dropping their leaves they are saving their nutrients for the next summer.

For plants to grow, they need sunlight, nutrients and water. The nutrients and water come from the soil. The sunlight is captured by the leaves...

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TitleCurious Kids: why do leaves change colour?
Media name/outletThe Conversation
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date24/10/18
DescriptionHi Issac, this is a really interesting question and something that lots of people wonder about when the seasons change. In the autumn, lots of plants (especially trees) throw away their leaves.

These are great for jumping in, but why do some plants do this? It seems like a waste. But actually, by dropping their leaves they are saving their nutrients for the next summer.

For plants to grow, they need sunlight, nutrients and water. The nutrients and water come from the soil. The sunlight is captured by the leaves.
URLhttps://theconversation.com/curious-kids-why-do-leaves-change-colour-105318
PersonsGiles Johnson

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