Humans depend on photosynthesis because it is responsible for most of Earth's primary productivity and fossil fuels are obtained mostly from remains of prehistoric plants. A typical plant cell contains about 10 to 100 chloroplasts. Several lines of evidence, including DNA evidence, suggest that chloroplasts evolved from an endosymbiotic event, when a eukaryotic cell incorporated photosynthetic cyanobacteria. Chloroplasts contain their own DNA that descended from the cyanobacterial ancestor.
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Different color stains were used to see various structures in the plant cells: nuclei (colored red/cyan/white), cell walls (colored green), and chloroplasts (colored yellow). The stained plants were sectioned and viewed using a confocal microscope.
Fernan Federici, PhD, Departamento de Genética Molecular y Microbiologia, Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile and Jim Haseloff, PhD, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK