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The purpose of this investigation was to observe the differences between the photosynthetic rates and photo-protection of young, red, juvenile leaves of Malosma laurina, and compare it to young, green leaves. To accomplish this, the open-system of Li-6400 XT was brought out into the field to a shrub of Malosma laurina that was flourishing and had both red and green leaves present. Then, data of fluorescence, photosynthetic rate, and conductance was taken from both red leaves and green leaves, and the photosynthetic rates were compared. Through this investigation, we were able to quantify that in young, red leaves, which had anthocyanin, the photosynthetic rate was lower when compared to the young, green leaves on the same plant.

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