Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

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.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Biology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1975 Charles Thomas Bringle.