Journal Article

Versatile Roles of Plastids in Plant Growth and Development

Takehito Inaba and Yasuko Ito-Inaba

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 51, issue 11, pages 1847-1853
Published in print November 2010 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pcp/pcq147
Versatile Roles of Plastids in Plant Growth and Development

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Plastids, found in plants and some parasites, are of endosymbiotic origin. The best-characterized plastid is the plant cell chloroplast. Plastids provide essential metabolic and signaling functions, such as the photosynthetic process in chloroplasts. However, the role of plastids is not limited to production of metabolites. Plastids affect numerous aspects of plant growth and development through biogenesis, varying functional states and metabolic activities. Examples include, but are not limited to, embryogenesis, leaf development, gravitropism, temperature response and plant–microbe interactions. In this review, we summarize the versatile roles of plastids in plant growth and development.

Keywords: Plastids

Journal Article.  3963 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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