Benefits of cyclosis
Benefits of cyclosis
Cyclosis refers to the flow of cytoplasmic liquid in cells. This process is called cytoplasmic streaming as the fluid in the cell’s cytoplasm is literally streaming along to transport various things to the different parts of the cell and to the outside parts. This cytoplasmic activity 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. Without a food or nutrient source, the cells in particular plant species for example will not be able to do what it is designed to do. Through cyclosis or cytoplasmic streaming, different cells will have their own delivery of nutrients for their specific use. Without cyclosis, many 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 from one another. One part of the plant species may contain cells with very high concentrations of a certain chemical while other parts may not have plenty of this specific chemical. Through cyclosis, chemicals and nutrients that are abundant in one cell may be exchanged for other materials from other cells. In this simple way, the various cells will get what they need from the other cells.
3. Maintenance of healthy cellular environment
Since various materials and nutrients are streaming or moving within a cell or between different cells, plant species for example will also be able to maintain healthy levels of various materials including metabolites and nutrients. This material or molecule balance 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-needed nutrients and metabolites to function effectively. If there is no literal movement or streaming of these materials inside the cells, cellular activity will also stop leading to degeneration or cell death.
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Written by : Erwin Z and updated on September 19, 2012