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Why do leaves change color in the fall?

Ep. 129

Lewis Feldman, UC Berkeley professor of plant biology and executive director of the UC Botanical Garden, explores why some leaves appear to change color in the fall season — exhibiting reds, oranges and yellows — and the environmental influences that affect the brilliance of these colors. He also explains the evolutionary benefits of a tree losing its leaves.

Listen to the episode and read a transcript on Berkeley News.

(UC Berkeley photo by Keegan Houser)

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