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Monday - January 28, 2013

From: Routt, CO
Region: Rocky Mountain
Topic: General Botany
Title: Experiment to detect presence of sugar in cellulose from Routt CO
Answered by: Barbara Medford


My teacher ask me to plan an experiment to detect the presence of sugar in cellulose. I know that cellulose are abundant at the stem, and sugar here is glucose. I wonder how to conduct this experiment since cellulose is very strong to breakdown.


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