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ICSE Class 6 Answered

Describe the structure and function of mitochondria.
Asked by Topperlearning User | 23 Apr, 2015, 03:08: PM
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  • Mitochondria are scattered throughout the cytoplasm.
  • Mitochondria are oval or rod-shaped structures surrounded by double membranes. The inner membrane has folds called cristae which help in increasing its surface area.
  • On the walls of cristae, food combines with oxygen to produce ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) which is the primary energy source of the cell.
  • Hence, mitochondria are also termed as power houses of the cell converting the chemical energy stored in food into readily usable biological energy.
Answered by | 23 Apr, 2015, 05:08: PM
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