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Biology (Year 12)

Adaptations for Osmoregulation

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Organisms are either osmoregulators or osmoconformers.

  • Osmoregulators are organisms which have specialised mechanisms for the purpose of regulating both internal water and solute concentrations, irrespective changes in concentrations in the external environment

  • Osmoconformers are organisms which have their internal solute concentration alter alongside changes with the concentration of solutes in the external environment; they rely on the external environment for osmoregulation

Adaptations for osmoregulation (osmoregulators)


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