An experiment is designed to study the mechanism of sucrose uptake by plant cells. Cells are immersed in a sucrose solution, and the pH of the solution is monitored with a pH meter. Samples of the cells are taken at intervals, and the sucrose in the sampled cells is measured. The measurements show that sucrose uptake in the cells correlates in a rise in the pH of the surrounding solution. The magnitude of the pH change is proportional to the starting concentration of sucrose in the extracellular solution. A metabolic poison known to block the ability of cells to regenerate ATP is found to inhibit the pH changes in the extracellular solution. Propose a hypothesis accounting for these results. Suggest an additional experiment to test your hypothesis.