Cellulose, a polysaccharide composed of multiple molecules of monosaccharaides chemically bonded together, is a chapter built from the previous one of glucose.  Not only being 90% of cotton, cellulose also is a major component in the make-up of a cell wall; in fact, it provides a lot of structural support.  This structural support is what, like other plant fibers, makes it so prominent in cotton.  The cotton plant needs certain temperatures and moist, well-drained soil for it to successfully grow.  This is why during the Industrial Revolution it became so popular in places such as Britain.  In 1760, England was able to import 2.5 million pounds of raw cotton, and in later years processing up to 140 times more than that.  The impact of cotton was effective and largely beneficial.  The farming districts were rezoned, there were numerous trading centers throughout the region, and factories appeared everywhere.  The unfortunate truth…

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  1. Solid work, Belinda. I feel that this post successfully included all aspects of the historical impact and chemistry of cellulose. There is nothing really that I would change. Excellent job.

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