Unique Features of Plant Cells

• Plant cells have cell walls, central vacuoles, and plastids.

• In plant cells, a rigid cell wall covers the cell membrane and provides support and protection.

• Large central vacuoles store water, enzymes, and waste products and provide support for plant tissue.

Vocabulary cell wall (p. 88) central vacuole (p. 88)

• Plastids store starch and pigments. The chloroplast converts light energy into chemical energy by photosynthesis.

• Prokaryotes, animal cells, and plant cells can be distinguished from each other by their unique features.

thylakoid (p. 89) chlorophyll (p. 89)

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