Why is diffusion important in plants and animals? Give examples

  • Google+ icon
  • LinkedIn icon
  • 32771 views

The process of diffusion is extremely important for the uptake of substances into cells. These substances can be very important for a whole range of cellular processes. Its also useful in reomoving waste products produced by cells themselves. 

Diffusion is particularly during gas exchange. In respiring cells, oxygen must be taken up into cells to be used in respiration whilst carbon dioxide must be removed as a waste product. However, in photosynthesising plant cells, the opposite also occurs also as carbon dioxide must be taken up into the cell and oxygen should be expelled as a product.

Other important substances to be absorbed are nutrients such as amino acids glucose and most importantly, water

Benito W. A Level Biology tutor, GCSE Biology tutor

About the author

is an online GCSE Biology tutor with MyTutor studying at Bristol University

How MyTutor Works

Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist.

95% of our customers rate us

Browse tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok