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Six facts about cellulose

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  • Cellulose is the important constituent in plant cell walls. It is a structural carbohydrate.

  • Cellulose is a polymer of beta glucose.

  • Cellulose molecules are held together by hydrogen bonds to form microfibrils and these form cellulose fibres.

  • The cellulose in a cell is exported to its outer membrane by Golgi bodies.

  • The isomer of glucose that forms cellulose produces straight, unbranched molecules.

  • Other organisms with cell walls (bacteria and fungi) use other carbohydrate polymers to build them.

A long chain made up of small monomer molecules. Weak forces between hydrogen and oxygen atoms.