Elements and Compounds

Why does chlorine kill plants?

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2010-05-08 21:36:23

Chlorine damages cells by releasing free oxygen which combines

with cell

proteins causing them to denature. Because the hypochlorite ion

forms when

such compounds as sodium hypochlorite (NaoCl; bleach)contact the

organic

materials which make up the cell membrane, it is also likely

that the

lipoprotein structure is disrupted, causing cytoplasm leakage

and killing

the cell.


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