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.