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What is the function of plastid?


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July 08, 2010 7:51PM

In plastids function varies with plastid type. Leucoplasts main function is storage, subtypes of leucoplasts include amyloplasts (store starch granules), proteinoplasts (store proteins) and elaioplasts (store oils). Statoliths are a type of amyloplasts that are used as a gravity sensing mechanism by the roots. A type of plastids called chromoplasts store pigments. Chloroplasts are a type of chromoplast that contain chlorophyll pigment and are the site of photosynthesis.