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Short Video: Plasmolysis

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In this clip, a leaf of the pondweed Elodea has been placed in a concentrated solution of table salt. As the cells lose water to the surrounding environment through osmosis, a process called plasmolysis occurs. In this process, the cell contents collapse as the plasma membrane pulls away from the cell wall. Credit: Henry Mainwaring, Western Carolina University.
In this clip, a leaf of the pondweed Elodea has been placed in a concentrated solution of table salt. As the cells lose water to the surrounding environment through osmosis, a process called plasmolysis occurs. In this process, the cell contents collapse as the plasma membrane pulls away from the cell wall. Credit: Henry Mainwaring, Western Carolina University.