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What are leukoplasts



Question and Answer About Leukoplasts

Questions:

What are leukoplasts and what are their main characteristics?

Answer:

What are leukoplasts

They are organelles present in the cytoplasm of plant cells and also of some species of microorganisms.

Main characteristics and function of leukoplasts:

- They are colorless (colorless) because they have no pigments.

- Have the ability to reserve nutritive substances to the cell. Even that is its function in the plant cell.

- A common example of leukoplasts are amyloplasts (converted leukoplasts). These organelles have the function of storing starch. They are common in potatoes, for example, and also in other tubers and roots.

- They are located in the cells of the internal tissues of plants, ie those that are not exposed to sunlight.

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Answerer:

Elaine Barbosa de Souza
Undergraduate student in Biological Sciences at Methodist University of São Paulo.

- The question was submitted to the Toda Biologia website by: Nair R. Silveira on 03/01/2019.