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This investigator held that the decomposition of the sugar molecules takes place outside the cell wall.
Adding moisture speeds up decomposition.
The digestion of fat or oil has not been adequately investigated, but its decomposition in germinating seeds has been found to be due to an enzyme, which has been called lipase.
The theories propounded may be divided into two groups, namely, those ascribing to petroleum an inorganic origin, and those which regard it as the result of the decomposition of organic matter.
It was discovered in 1838 by Piria as a decomposition product of salicin.
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