Growing Yeast: Sugar Fermentation
Yeast is most commonly used in the kitchen to make dough rise. Have you ever watched pizza crust or a loaf of bread swell in the oven? Yeast makes the dough expand. But what is yeast exactly and how does it work? Yeast strains are actually made up of living EukaryoticMicrobes, meaning that they contain cells with nuclei. Being classified as Fungi (the same kingdom as mushrooms), yeast is more closely related to you than plants! In this experiment we will be watching yeast come to life as it breaks down sugar, also known as Sucrose, through a process called Fermentation. Let’s explore how this happens and why!
What is sugar’s effect on yeast?
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