Starch is a polysaccharide that is found in many parts of a plant in the form of small grains. Especially large amounts occur in seeds and storage organs, such as potatoe tubers. It forms an important component of food and is the major energy source in most diets. Starch is made up of chains of alpha glucose monosaccharides linked by glycosidic bonds that are formed by condensation reactions. The chains may be branched or


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