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Six facts about mitochondria

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  • Mitochondria are the site of most of the stages of aerobic respiration . They are too small to be visible with the light microscope.

  • The inner membrane is highly folded to form structures called cristae.

  • The inner section is called the matrix.

  • Mitochondria provide energy in the form of ATP .

  • Cells that require a lot of energy to perform their function will have particularly high numbers of mitochondria.

Adenosine triphosphate. A series of chemical reactions in which energy is transferred from glucose to the temporary store ATP.