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Chlorophyll b from spinach

≥90% (HPLC), ≤0.5% Chlorophyll a

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≥90% (HPLC)




≤0.5% Chlorophyll a


183-185 °C (lit.)

ε (extinction coefficient)

15.9 × 104 at 452 nm in diethyl ether (lit.)
5.61 × 104 at 644 nm in diethyl ether (lit.)

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General description

Chlorophyll b is one of the chlorophyll pigments that impart leaves their green color. Chlorophyll is a Greek name with chlorós meaning green and phyllon meaning leaf. The structure of Chlorophyll b was successfully decoded by Fischer and Wenderoth. It is present in peripheral antenna complexes along with chlorophyll a. The amount of chlorophyll b in spinach is found to be lesser than chlorophyll a.


Chlorophyll b from spinach has been used:
  • to perform quantitative analysis of the components of carotenoid and chlorophyll in the monovarietal virgin olive oil samples
  • to study the function of chlorophyll and porphyrins in the photo-oxidation of dairy products using sensory evaluation and fluorescence spectroscopy
  • to analyze the limits of application of spectrophotometry and spectrofluorimetry in the determination of Chlorophyll a/b ratio
  • to examine the changes in chlorophyll -a & -b content and color of grapevine leaves


1, 5 mg in ampule
Sealed ampule.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Chlorophyll b undergoes breakdown to form pheophytin b by the enzyme chlorophyllase. This causes a change in its color from green to olive-brown. It is involved in the harvesting of light energy during the process of photosynthesis and its subsequent conversion to chemical energy. Along with chlorophyll a, it plays a key role in the ability of a plant to adapt to different light intensities.
Chlorophyll b extends the absorption spectrum of light-harvesting complexes LHC-I and LHC-II above 700 nm, a region of the visible spectrum that is not absorbed when only chlorophyll a is present in the LHCs.

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Tandem Mass Spectrometry data independently generated by Scripps Center for Metabolomics is available to view or download in PDF. C5878.pdf Tested metabolites are featured on Scripps Center for Metabolomics METLIN Metabolite Database. To learn more, visit

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11 - Combustible Solids



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