The origin of plastids

Chan, Cheong Xin and Bhattacharya, Debashish (2010) The origin of plastids. Nature Education, 3 9: 84-1-84-5.

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Author Chan, Cheong Xin
Bhattacharya, Debashish
Title The origin of plastids
Journal name Nature Education
Publication date 2010-04-07
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 3
Issue 9
Start page 84-1
End page 84-5
Total pages 6
Editor Gary Cote
Mario De Tullio
Place of publication Cambridge, MA, United States
Publisher Nature Education
Language eng
Subject 270700 Ecology and Evolution
0603 Evolutionary Biology
Abstract Organelles, called plastids, are the main sites of photosynthesis in eukaryotic cells. Chloroplasts, as well as any other pigment containing cytoplasmic organelles that enables the harvesting and conversion of light and carbon dioxide into food and energy, are plastids. Found mainly in eukaryotic cells, plastids can be grouped into two distinctive types depending on their membrane structure: primary plastids and secondary plastids. Primary plastids are found in most algae and plants, and secondary, more-complex plastids are typically found in plankton, such as diatoms and dinoflagellates. Exploring the origin of plastids is an exciting field of research because it enhances our understanding of the basis of photosynthesis in green plants, our primary food source on planet Earth.
Keyword Chloroplasts
Evolution (biological)
Origin Of Eukaryotes
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