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Do plant cells have mitochondria?

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Plant cells do have mitochondria. Mitochondria are capsule-shaped organelles that float freely around the cells and provide it with energy. The energy comes from the nutrients the cell takes in and burns for fuel.

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One of the products of this burning is a molecule called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. ATP runs all the activities of the cell, including photosynthesis in a plant cell. When light strikes a molecule of chlorophyll in a chloroplast, it makes ATP and other chemicals. A chloroplast is another type of organelle in a plant cell.

The ATP produced by the mitochrondria helps the plant turn carbon dioxide from the air and water into sugars.

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