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Name: Layne
Status: Student
Grade:  6-8
Location: PA
Country: United States
Date: November 2005


Question:
What are glyoxysomes?



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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.

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