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Name: Carl
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Age: 19
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Date: 7/16/2003


Question:
Why is it that plant cells have a very large central vacuole as opposed to animal cells who's vacuoles are quite small? I know that a plant cell's vacuole is used for storage, but it doesn't occur to me why the vacuoles take up to 95% of the space in a plant cell.


Replies:
This page indicates vacuole size is larger in plants for cellular expansion and morphological differences:

http://dbbs.wustl.edu/rib/Nielsen.html

Anthony R. Brach



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