George W.

asked • 12/14/12

What are the differences between plant and animal cells?

is there also an easy way to remember the differences? 

Bryan B.

All cells are made of tiny parts. We call these parts organelles, a wird that means "little organs". Cells can have more or fewer types of organelles. Most olant cells have some parts that are not found in animal cells. These parts let plants make food using energy from the sun.


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Marion T. answered • 01/23/13

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I think it is important to make the distinction that animal and plant cells both need mitochondria to create energy molecules for cellular function. The difference is that plant cells can make their own 'food' to be used for energy while animal cells must take in food sources from their environment, akin to eating. If you also think about it, plants need water to make food as well. 6CO2 + 6H20 + (energy) → C6H12O6 + 6O2 The plant cell wall helps ensuring that the water can be retained without exploding.


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Vicki N. answered • 12/14/12

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Usman A.

Cell is the fundamental and practical unit of life. All life forms from basic bacterium to titan blue whale are
comprised of cells. The fundamental structure of both plant and animal cell are same. The distinction in cell
structure is essentially because of contrast in method of nutrition. As plants are basically auto-trophy and
animal behaves like hetero-trophy.
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