Osmosis in animal cells
Effect of osmosis on animal cells
Plasmolysis of a plant cell that has been placed in a solution with a lower water potential than the cell itself
Osmosis of water into a plant cell
Comparing & Contrasting the Movement of Water by Osmosis in Plant & Animal Cells Table
Be careful with your scientific terminology – animal cells do not plasmolyse because they do not have a cell wall. In a solution with a lower water potential than the cell itself, animal cells will shrink. Plasmolysis only occurs in plant cells.Remember – plant cell membranes are composed of a phospholipid bilayer and are partially permeable (only certain molecules can cross), whereas plant cell walls are made of cellulose and are freely (fully) permeable. Thus, in a plasmolysed cell, the external solution will be exerting pressure on the protoplast (there is not an empty space between the cell wall and protoplast).