Introduction to Cellular Respiration

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Introduction to Cellular Respiration Organisms, such as plants, can trap the energy in sunlight through photosynthesis and store it in the  chemical bonds of carbohydrate molecules. The principal carbohydrate formed through  photosynthesis is  glucose . Other types of organisms, such as animals, fungi, protozoa, and a large  portion of the bacteria, are unable to perform this process. Therefore, these organisms must rely on  the carbohydrates formed in plants to obtain the energy necessary for their metabolic processes.  Animals and other organisms obtain the energy available in carbohydrates through the process of  cellular respiration . Cells take the carbohydrates into their cytoplasm, and through a complex  series of metabolic processes, they break down the carbohydrates and release the energy. The 
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