Carbohydrates, also known as “saccharides”, are biological molecules consisting of carbon (C), oxygen (O) and hydrogen (H) atoms. Carbohydrates can be divided into four groups: monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides. Monosaccharides and disaccharides are mostly used as an energy source, where they provide energy for biosynthesis. Whenever mono- and disaccharides are not needed immediately, they will be converted into polysaccharides such as glycogen or starch. If energy is required, the polysaccharides will be cleaved to smaller monosaccharides by enzymes called glycoside hydrolases. Besides an energy source, carbohydrates also serve as essential structural components.

At Lab Associates we can provide you with a number of different carbohydrates, such as:

  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • Maltose
  • Mannitol
  • Sucrose

Carbohydrates are not only useful as an energy source, but also serve as essential structural components.

This specially designed blue petunia with star needed the right amount of energy during its culture process.