What are the differences in the structure of plant and animal cells?
Answer from: Bochkarev Sergey:
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An important distinction is the way of feeding: all plants are autotrophs (they synthesize nutrients for themselves). Animals get their nutrients from the food; they are heterotrophs. Plants have plastids for photosynthesis, animals do not. On the outside, plants are covered with a dense membrane, the plasma membrane, consisting of cellulose, whereas in animals the outer membrane is represented by the glycocalyx (a carbohydrate-rich peripheral zone of the outer surface coating of the membrane of most eukaryotic cells).
- Which carbohydrates are characteristic of plant cells and which are characteristic of animal cells?
- What differences in the structure of the animal and plant cell are due to their feeding patterns?
- What would become of animals if their cells acquired a rigid cell membrane like plant cells?
- What is the predominant organic substance in animal cells?
- What is the difference between an animal cell and a plant cell?