LabBench Activity Key Concepts Diffusion
Plant Energy Transformations-Photosynthesis - …
Liberton M, Austin JR, Berg RH and Pakrasi HB (2011) Unique thylakoid membrane architecture of a unicellular N(2)‐fixing cyanobacterium revealed by electron tomography. Plant Physiology 155: 1656–1666.
Plant Cell | Everything about Plant Cell
Cyanobacteria are the evolutionarily oldest organisms with the capability of evolving oxygen, giving rise to the present day atmosphere. These prokaryotic microorganisms have the unique ability to perform oxygenic photosynthesis and respiration in the same cellular compartment. Some cyanobacteria can also fix atmospheric nitrogen alongside oxygenic photosynthesis and respiration. The redox components of these electron transport pathways are known to intersect in cyanobacteria. Majority of the energy‐intensive processes occur in specialised membranes known as thylakoids. The coexistence of such remarkably complex metabolic pathways in a single cyanobacterial cell provides them with the potential to thrive in a wide variety of ecosystems. This metabolic complexity has sparked significant interest towards cyanobacterial research for the production of various high‐value compounds with applications in the food, feed and fuel industry.