Why doesn't a plant cell burst in a hypotonic solution?

1 Answer
May 4, 2017

It has a cell wall.


Plants have evolved to absorb water and are healthiest when their cells are turgid, or full of water. This allows the plant to support itself. When they are in a hypotonic solution, water can enter the cell through osmosis. In these conditions, an animal cell would burst, but because plant cells have cell walls, the cell is fine.