Germination and the conversion and storage of glucose

Stefan Gates explores the science of energy storage in plants, focusing on the conversion of glucose into starch, and the reasons why plants create winter food stores, especially the potato and its importance as a carbohydrate-rich food. He reveals how some of our most familiar vegetables – including carrots, onions and potatoes – are actually a result of plants’ own survival strategies to provide themselves with enough food over winter. He reveals the secrets of germination and why seeds also need their own supply of energy.

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