Benefits of cyclosis
Benefits of cyclosis
Cyclosis refers to the flow of cytoplasmic liquid in cells. This process is called cytoplasmicÂ streaming as the fluid in the cell’s cytoplasm is literally streaming along to transport variousÂ things to the different parts of the cell and to the outside parts. This cytoplasmic activityÂ can be seen in the cells of various plants and fungi and it provides the following benefits:
1. Delivery of nutrients
The different cells in plants need nutrition and energy in order for them to function properly.Â Without a food or nutrient source, the cells in particular plant species for example will notÂ be able to do what it is designed to do. Through cyclosis or cytoplasmic streaming, differentÂ cells will have their own delivery of nutrients for their specific use. Without cyclosis, manyÂ of these cells will cease to function and eventually die.
2. Exchange of materials
Cytoplasmic streaming also helps different cells to literally exchange material content fromÂ one another. One part of the plant species may contain cells with very high concentrationsÂ of a certain chemical while other parts may not have plenty of this specific chemical.Â Through cyclosis, chemicals and nutrients that are abundant in one cell may be exchangedÂ for other materials from other cells. In this simple way, the various cells will get what theyÂ need from the other cells.
3. Maintenance of healthy cellular environment
Since various materials and nutrients are streaming or moving within a cell or betweenÂ different cells, plant species for example will also be able to maintain healthy levels ofÂ various materials including metabolites and nutrients. This material or molecule balanceÂ is referred to as concentration gradient and this must be maintained for optimum cell
Cyclosis basically serves the purpose of providing a way for cells to get much-neededÂ nutrients and metabolites to function effectively. If there is no literal movement orÂ streaming of these materials inside the cells, cellular activity will also stop leading toÂ degeneration or cell death.
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Written by : Erwin Z and updated on September 19, 2012