How to identify the organelle:
The cytoplasm lies directly outside the nucleus, filling up the “empty space” outside of the Nucleus- (the pink sphere in the middle of the cell in the diagram on the right).
Function of the organelle in an animal cell:
Cytoplasm is the jelly-like part of the cell. It is where the nutrients are used. It is used to provide support for the other organelles in the cell like the nucleus and cytoskeleton.
The cytoplasm forms the ground substance of the cell and it fills the interior of the cell.
The main function of the cytoplasm is to hold the cell organelles that are inside the cell.
Function of the organelle in a plant cell:
The cytoplasm function in a plant cell is very similar to the cytoplasm function in an animal cell. It provides support to the internal structures. Cytoplasm function in a cell is its role in maintaining the shape and consistency of the cell. One of the most important cytoplasm function in a cell is that it stores many chemicals that are needed. The dissolved enzymes in the cytosol break down large molecules, and helping the suspended organelles to use it. The mitochondria in a cell cannot use the glucose molecules that are in the cytoplasm. The enzymes in the cytoplasm break down these glucose molecules into something known as pyruvate molecules, which are used by the mitochondria.
Exchange of chemicals between the organelles is also a cytoplasm function in a plant cell. Exchange of materials with the extra cellular fluid too is common for both plant cell cytoplasm functions and animal cell cytoplasm functions.
Work Cited: http://biology.about.com/od/biologydictionary/g/cytoplasm.htm http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/plants/cell/
http://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/plant-cells-chloroplasts-and-cell-walls-14053956 The Cytoskeleton...