Thursday, August 14, 2008

Plants have Mitochondria

Why is the headline, "Plants have Mitochondria?" Because, so often students remember that plants do photosynthesis but they forget that plants also do cellular respiration.

Review the basic biology of cells. Think about eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Think about your cells. What kinds of cells do you have? Think about kingdoms of organisms? What types of cells does each kingdom have?

Review the organelles in plant, animal, fungal, protistal, and, bacterial cells.

Edited 10-20-09:
The following article might be of interest to readers of this post.
Connecting photosynthesis and cellular respiration: Preservice teachers' conceptions
Mary H. Brown, Reneè S. Schwartz

15400 - Science Department.
The link is:
Lansing Community College, P.O. Box 40010, Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210
and Department of Biological Sciences, Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Mary H. Brown
Mary H. Brown
5400 - Science Department
Lansing Community College
P.O. Box 40010
Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210.

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