Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Carl Nordahl
Introduction: Ever since plant cell organelles morphologically resembling animal microbodies were clearly established by Mollenhauer et al. (1966) and Frederick et al. (1968), a great deal of attention has been focused, on this subject. Several papers outlining morphology and orientation have followed (Frederick and Newcomb, 1968, 1969; Vigil, 1971, 1973a). Plant microbodies appear to be a distinct class of organelle found ubiquitously in cells. They are single membrane-bounded and have a dimensional range of 0.2u - 0.5u. Their interior exhibits a coarse to finely granular matrix and often a para-crystalline or nucleoid structure is quite evident. Microbodies are characteristically associated with smooth or rough endoplasmic reticulum and are often found in close proximity to mitochondria and/or chloroplasts. Frederick (1968) has shown some evidence of a possible endoplasmic reticulum origin for microbodics.
Bringle, Charles Thomas, "An electron microscopic study of microbody types found in dwarf pea internode." (1975). Student Work. 3392.