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Barley Starch Under the Microscope

Barley Starch

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Starch grains are are a means for plants to store energy. They are produced by a wide variety of plants and are a mixture of alpha-amylose and amylopectin. Starch grain differ in their size, their shape, and the structure of the center vacuole. Many of these differences are useful for the identification of the plant of origin for the starch grain.

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Martin, E.A., Dictionary of Life Sciences, 2nd ed., Pica Press