The primary function of the mitochondria is to produce ATP, the molecule that the cell uses for energy when carrying out essential functions. The process by which glucose is converted to ATP in the mitochondria is known ... More »

Plants need mitochondria because they are essential for the production of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. In addition, the Krebs Cycle and the electron transport chain, two important steps in cellular respiration, take p... More »

"Mitochondria" are the membrane-bound structures that produce energy for cells. The mitochondria are thought to be descended from a once free-living cell that set up a symbiotic relationship with a host cell. More »

Like other organisms, plants have mitochondria in order to generate ATP, an energy molecule that powers cellular function. ATP is created in the mitochondria of both plants and animals in a process called respiration. More »

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The main function of mitochondria is the production of ATP through cellular respiration. Other functions of mitochondria include heat production, programmed cell death, regulation of the metabolic activity in a cell and ... More »

Mitochondrial deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is found in the mitochondria of a eukaryotic cell; it is composed of 37 genes that are necessary for the mitochondria's function. Nuclear DNA, on the other hand, is found in the ... More »

ATP is a storage molecule that provides the energy for many life functions. The formation ADP from ATP releases energy while new energy from food intake rebuilds ATP molecules for future use. More »