Aerobic Respiration

Aerobic respiration is the more common type of respiration and occurs continuously in both animals and plants. It is the most efficient method of transferring energy from glucose and occurs whenever there is enough oxygen.

The equation for aerobic respiration is:

Glucose + Oxygen Carbon dioxide + Water


C6H12O6 + 6O2 6CO2 + 6H2O

This equation is the reverse of the photosynthesis equation. Also, remember that most of the reactions in aerobic respiration occurs in the mitochondria.

A large amount of energy is also released in the process because the glucose molecule is fully oxidised.

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