The Effect Of Different Temperatures On Starch Breakdown By Amylase

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The Effects of Different Temperatures on Starch breakdown by Amylase
Daniel Pulido
Panther ID: 5443744
General Biology 1 Lab
Section: U-19
Lab Partners:
Gretel Perez
Alondra Vega


In this experiment we wanted to determine the optimal temperatures for fungal, Aspergillus oryzae, and bacterial, Bacillus licheniformis. In order to see if any of the starch was broken down, Iodine was mixed with the starch-amylase substance. In four spot plates, the groups labeled the different temperatures, once the iodine came in contact with the starch, the result would be a reaction that turns the fluid into this dark blue/black color. In a span of 10 minutes, with occasional check ups on the solution every 2 minutes, the amylase-starch solution was placed into five types of temperature, all being Celsius. The five temperatures were 0 degrees, 25 degrees, 55 degrees, and 85 degrees Celsius. The solution would change colors, so in order to measure the changes, a scale was used. Such scale was a 1-5 scale, with colors next to each number. One being the lightest color, or yellow, and 5 being the darkest color, or black. Based on the change of color, we could tell how fast it hydrolyzed the starch in a span of 10 minutes. To keep record of the results, the results were put in Data Tables used from the Lab Manual. The average optimal temperature for Bacteria Amylase was 85 degrees Celsius, while the Fungal was 55 degrees Celsius. You can see this by looking for the
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