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The Structure of Cells

Author(s): Center for Educational Outreach

Peroxisomes

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.