Elodea Plasmolysis


The micrographs linked below were taken with the Science Club camera.
At 40X, micrograph width = 2 mm; at 100X, micrograph width = 0.8 mm; at 400X, micrograph width = 0.2 mm; at 1000X, micrograph width = 0.08 mm.



Elodea cells, unstained, 400X, in tap water.


Elodea cells, unstained, 400X, in salt water.
Note that the organelles are bunched to the middle of the cell, the result of plasmolysis.


Elodea spike cell, unstained, at 400X, in tap water.


Elodea spike cell, unstained, at 400X, in salt water.
Note the bunched up organelles near the cell center - the result of plasmolysis.

 
The left micrograph above is elodea cells in tap water, 100X.
The right micrograph above is elodea cells in salt water, 100X.
Note that the only difference is the increase in white areas in the salt water micrograph, due to the shrinkage of the cells.
Also note that the view are not very informative, due to insufficient magnification!