By Margaret Mahlke

Vacuoles store food and nutrients that a cell needs to survive; store waste products to protect the rest of the cell from contamination
Vacuoles are formed by the fusion of multiple membrane vesicles. Vacuoles occupy 30-90% of the cell.

Without vacuoles, plants would not be able to interact with the environment or grow/survive. Cells would have no place to store essential nutrients without vacuoles.

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