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noun, plural: amyloplasts


A type of leucoplast found in the cytoplasm of a plant cell, and serves as storage organelle of amylopectin.


Amyloplasts transform glucose into starch by polymerization and store the starch grains in the stroma. They are non-pigmented plastids, and most of them can be found in underground storage tissues of plants, such as potato.

Word origin: form of Gk ámylon: starch + Gk plastós: formed, molded.
Compare: elaioplast, proteinoplast.
See also: statolith, plastid, starch.

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... sub - Basic storage unit. - Proteinobulloid - Protienoplast sub - Stores protien. - Elaiobulloid - Elaioplast sub - Stores fat. - Amylobulloid - Amyloplast sub - Stores starch. - Statobulloid - Statolith Sub - Gives one side of cell greater weight than the other, allowing for a sence of gravity. ...

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amyloplast in leaves??

Hello, I recently observed by electron microscopy Arabidopsis first leaves, on 3 week-old plantlets. I cut in the abaxial side of the 2nd leaf, and i what i observed is amyloplasts everywhere. What the hell they are doing here? Does anyone know something to explain this? If you do not believe me, ha...

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