Biochemistry, Department of


Date of this Version



Front. Plant Sci. 9:1656.


Copyright © 2018 Roston, Jouhet, Yu and Gao.

Open access

doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.01656


The primary energy resource of life on earth is the sun, whose energy is captured in the form of usable carbons by a process called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis occurs within a cellular organelle adapted to that purpose, called the chloroplast. Chloroplasts are unique metabolic and sensory organelles restricted to plants, algae, and a few protists. In this special topic, we aimed to gather new research, hypotheses, and reviews that would help us to better understand the important role of chloroplasts in all photosynthetic organisms. We were fortunate enough to have submissions from many talented chloroplast researchers. This topic contains a total of 24 papers of which 13 are original research, 3 are methods, 5 are reviews or mini-reviews, 2 are perspectives and one is a hypothesis.