Xanthophyll Chromatography

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Xanthophylls (originally phylloxanthins ) are yellow pigments that occur widely in nature and form one of two major divisions of the carotenoid group; the other division is formed by the carotenes . The name is from Greek xanthos (ξανθός, "yellow") [1] and phyllon (φύλλον, "leaf"), [2] due to their formation of the yellow band seen in early chromatography of leaf pigments.

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