14. NATURAL AND MODIFIED POLYSACCHARIDES Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Carbohydrates are the most abundant biomolecules on earth. Photosynthesis, converts each year more than 100 billion tons of CO.> and HUO into cellulose and other plant products. Carbohydrates are one of the main sources of the human diet in most parts of the world, and the oxidation of carbohydrates is the main energy-yielding pathway in most non- photosynthetic cells. There are three major size classes of carbohydrates: monosaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides (the word" saccharide" is derived from the Greek …

publication date

  • February 4, 1998