The Structure of Cells
Specialized peroxisomes, called glyoxysomes, are found in plant seeds. They convert fatty acids into sugar, which can be used as energy by plant cells until they can undergo photosynthesis. Peroxisomes metabolize wastes.
Image: A peroxisome (microbody) from a cell in a leaf of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum). Crystals within microbodies are common, and these organelles appear in plant, as well as animal cells.
- Image courtesy of Don W. Fawcett, S.E. Frederick and E.H. Newcomb. The Cell: An Image Library. CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0.
- Campbell, N.A., and J.B. Reece. (2008). Biology, 8th Edition. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.
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