What is aerobic respiration?
Respiration is a series of reactions in which energy is released from glucose. Aerobic respiration is the form of respiration which uses oxygen. It can be summarised by this equation:
glucose + oxygen → carbon dioxide + water (+ energy)
Energy is shown in brackets because it is not a substance. Notice that:
- Glucose and oxygen are used up
- Carbon dioxide and water are produced as waste products
Aerobic respiration happens all the time in the cells of animals and plants. Most of the reactions involved happen inside mitochondria, tiny objects inside the cytoplasm of the cell. The reactions are controlled by enzymes.