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Variegation: Adding Colours to the Life of Plants

The usual leaf colour of variegated plants is green with white stripes. The cells in the green sectors have chloroplasts that appear to be functioning normally, while the cells in the white sectors lack pigments and seem to be halted in different phases of chloroplast biogenesis. Mutations in the mitochondrial, chloroplast, or nuclear genes can result in variations. The genotypes of the green and white sectors differ amongst different plants, whereas in other plants they share a single (mutant) genotype.