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Describe the chemistry of starch hydrolysis.

Starch (amylose + amylopectin) in the presence of alpha amylase and water yields dextrins, maltose and glucose

The chemical used to detect microbial starch hydrolysis on starch plates is...

Grams Iodine

Amylase is an enzyme that attacks starch. The smallest product of this hydrolysis is called...

glucose

How is it possible that bacteria may grow heavily on starch agar but not necessarily produce alpha amylase

It is able to metabolize some other nutrients

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