What are some characteristics of plant cell walls?
Plant cell walls are much thicker than the plasma membrane, ranging from 0.1 micrometers to several micrometers. The exact chemical composition of the wall varies from species to species and even from one cell type to another in the same plant, but the basic design of the wall is consistent.
Microfibrils made of the polysaccharide cellulose are synthesized by an enzyme called cellulose synthase and secreted to the extracellular space, where they become embedded in a matrix of other polysaccharides and proteins. This combination of materials, strong fibers in a "ground substance" (matrix), is the same basic architectural design found in steel-reinforced concrete and in fiberglass (Simply amazing, I wonder if we learned to build buildings by looking at nature?).