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Quantitative Cytological Characteristics: Photorespiration

Author(s): Lou Gross1, Monica Beals1, Susan Harrell1

University of Tennessee Knoxville

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This module introduces quantitative cytological characteristics in the context of understanding cell behavior under stress. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.

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Version 1.0 - published on 15 Feb 2019 doi:10.25334/Q40T78 - cite this


Student Introduction: In addition to the cell membrane, cells contain a great deal of internal membranes that form and support organelles. Mitochondria, for example, are composed of an outer membrane and a folded, inner membrane. The volume of a cell or organelle and the surface area of the corresponding membrane surface area can greatly influence the rates of diffusion of ions and solutes into the cell or organelle. Consequently, properties of cells might change under different conditions in order to improve rates of diffusion.

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