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What is the difference between anaerobic respiration and aerobic respiration?

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Scott Locklear | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted April 3, 2008 at 7:17 AM via web

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What is the difference between anaerobic respiration and aerobic respiration?

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fortrichmondcollegiatestudent | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 4, 2008 at 2:52 AM (Answer #1)

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mostly used to describe the difference type of respiration in bacteria.

Aerobic respiration is the one that repuire oxygen for metabolism and cannot live without it,example such as pneumonia.many of these bacteria cause respiratory illnesses.

Anaerobic is the one that do NOT require oxygen.There are also two types of Anaerobic respiration,Obligate and Facultative.

Obligate carry on metabolism ONLY anaerobically,they cannot use oxygen,and are poisoned by it. E.g: denitrifying bacteria.

Facultative can use oxygen for metabolism(cellular respiration) if is available,but carry on metabolism anaerobically(by fermentation) when necessary. E.g:botulism,as well as tetanus

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genetics56 | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 5, 2008 at 1:04 AM (Answer #2)

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Aerobic respiration is the release of energy from glucose or in the presence of Oxygen. Anaerobic respiration refers to the oxidation of a molecule (or molecules) to produce engery in the absence of oxygen.  

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dwalt70939 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 15, 2008 at 10:43 AM (Answer #3)

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Respiration is a molecular process that breaks down glucose and produces wastes products and energy. If the respiration is carried out in the presence of oxygen it is called aerobic respiration and produces a great amount of energy, and carbon dioxide and water as waste products. If the respiration is carried out without the use of oxygen it is called anaerobic respiration and produces small amounts of energy, and alcohol, or lactic acid or other compounds as a waste product depending on what kinds of cells are active.

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dih08 | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 23, 2009 at 12:39 PM (Answer #6)

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Aerobic respiration is where energy is made using oxygen. This happens in activities such as running a marathon.

Anaerobic respiration is where energy is made in the absence of oxygen. It's only a short term way of producing energy quickly, i.e. during a 10 sec sprint.

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monikagoma | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 22, 2010 at 6:50 PM (Answer #7)

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Aerobic:
 1. occurs in presence of oxygen.
 2. CO2 and water is produced
 3. 38 ATPenergy is liberated  4.occurs in plants' and animals' cells
 5. C6H12O6 --> CO2 + H2O + ATP

Anaerobic:
1. occurs in absence of oxygen
2. Lactic Acid or Alchol is produced
3. 2ATP energy is liberated
4. occurs in many anaerobic bacteria and human muscle cells.
5. in muscles, lactic acid is produced while bacteria as Yeast produces Alcohol (Ethanol)
6. C6H12O6 --> Lactic acid / C2H5OH + ATP
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strwbrry16 | TA , Grade 5 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted October 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM (Answer #8)

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Aerobic respiration uses oxygen and occurs in most cells.

Anaerobic respiration do not use oxygen; the process uses a respiratory electron transport chain but does not use oxygen as the electron acceptors. It occurs mostly in prokaryotes.

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