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Carbohydrates are an important source of energy for many types of bacteria. Bacteria can use
carbohydrates as a source of carbon and energy through a process known as glycolysis. During
glycolysis, bacteria break down glucose or other carbohydrates into smaller molecules, which are then
further metabolized to produce energy. Many bacteria are capable of using a variety of carbohydrates as
a source of energy. Some bacteria can even break down complex carbohydrates such as cellulose and
chitin, which are not digestible by humans. Bacteria can also produce enzymes such as amylases, which
are capable of breaking down starch into simpler carbohydrates that can be utilized for energy.

In addition to providing energy, carbohydrates also play important structural roles in bacterial cell walls. For example, peptidoglycan, a major component of bacterial cell walls, is composed of repeating units of carbohydrates and amino acids. Overall, carbohydrates are essential for the growth and survival of many types of bacteria and play important roles in their metabolism and structure.