Plant and animal cells react differently to different environment. A hypertonic solution will cause an animal cell to shrink in size. A hypotonic solution for an animal cell will cause it to lyse. Isotonic solutions are ideal for animal cells. Plant cell’s plasma membrane shrinks if in a hypertonic solution, causing the cell wall to loose shape or plasmolyze. While an isotonic solution is good, it doesn’t provide quite enough support for the cell wall. Hypotonic solutions are the best for plant cells. The plasma membrane presses against the inside of the cell wall giving it a lot of support. Without this pressure, turgor pressure, the plant will wilt and die. These experiments enable us to better understand living things, including our own bodies, and be able to take care of them.