Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Glyoxysomes
Name: Layne
Status: Student
Grade:  6-8
Location: PA
Country: United States
Date: November 2005

What are glyoxysomes?

They are small bodies (microbodies) usually located near the energy generating factories of plant cells called mitochondria (mitochondria are also found in animal cells). They help to convert stored lipids (oils) into energy. They get their name from a series of chemical reactions called the "glyoxylate cycle". Seeds with oil often use this cycle to utilize their stored oil for energy.


Click here to return to the Molecular Biology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory