Do plant cells contain mitochondria?

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Jan 15, 2016

Plant cells DO contain mitochondria.


While plant cells have chloroplasts to photosynthesize, they also require ATP for cellular functions, and do use oxygen to break down some of the sugar they produce in order to generate that ATP. They need mitochondria for this.

In particular, at night when there is no light, plants undergo cellular respiration since there is no sunlight to photosynthesize.

They do, however, produce far more sugar and oxygen through photosynthesis than they use up in respiration.

Oct 11, 2017

Plant cells do contain mitochondria.


Plant cells require mitochondria to produce energy for the cell, usually through photosynthesis during the day. When the sun sets and the energy from sunlight is lost, the plant continues on through the night producing energy through cellular respiration.