Unformatted text preview: bodies. Using oxygen, organisms can break down ingested foods more easily through oxidation, an energetically favorable reaction. However, though oxygen is a vital component of respiration, respiration can occur without oxygen. Respiration that involves oxygen is called aerobic respiration while that lacking oxygen is called anaerobic. Of the two, aerobic respiration is far more efficient, producing more energy per gram of glucose. We will explore the specifics of how these processes differ in the coming sections. The energy gained from glucose breakdown can be used to synthesize ATP, which in turn can help with the synthesis of other, more complex molecules that would otherwise be too unfavorable to occur. The mitochondria is the main cellular structure involved in respiration....
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2012 for the course BIOLOGY BSC1005 taught by Professor Rodriguez during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.
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