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Bacteria and metabolism

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If all four bacteria were able to metabolize glucose, explain why all four were not able to metabolize lactose and sucrose. The four are E. coli, Enterobacter aerogenes, Salmonella typhi, and Proteus vulgaris.

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A large number of bacteria use glucose, a monosaccharide, because many bacteria possess the enzymes required for the degradation and oxidation of this sugar. Fewer bacteria are able to process "complex" carbohydrates like disaccharides (lactose or sucrose) or polysaccharides (starch). Disaccharides and ...

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Bacteria types and the processes of metabolism are noted.

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