Take a look at this plant-like protist
and learn about some of its important parts!

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Chloroplasts are filled with a green pigment called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll enables plants and plant-like protists to change the light energy from the sun into food for use in the plant or protist. This process is called photosynthesis. Because plants and plant-like protists can make their own food in this way, they are call autotrophs.

Contractile vacuoles are like water pumps. They help to keep a water balance in the protist's cell.


The nucleus is the "brain" of the cell. It controls cell function and reproduction.

Many protists have flagella. Flagella are long tails that help the cell to swim around.