How does the contractile vacuole in paramecium help maintain homeostasis?
It pumps excess water out of the cell.
The paramecium contains a vacuole called a contractile vauole. By contracting rhythmically, this specialized vacuole pumps excess water out of the cell. the control of water content within the cell is just one example of an important process known as homeostasis. Homeostasis is the maintenance of a controlled internal environment.
A contractile vacuole is a type of vacuole involved in osmoregulation. It pumps excess water out of a cell and is found prominently in freshwater protists. In a Paramecium, a common freshwater protist, the vacuole is surrounded by several canals, which absorb water by osmosis from the cytoplasm. After the canals fill with water, the water is pumped into the vacuole. When the vacuole is full, it expels the water through a pore in the…