- Respiration is a very complex process. It involves many stepstoo
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When energy rich molecular bonds from the simple sugar glucose are broken, a molecule called ATP (adenosinetriphosphate)the "universal" fuel for life processestransfers the energy from the glucose to all cells of the body.
Remember, during respiration, carbon dioxide is produced as a waste product:
(CH2O) + O2 -> CO2 + H2O
- We can think of respiration as the reverse of photosynthesis. Energy is stored chemically during photosynthesis and transferred chemically to ATP during respiration. Photosynthesis uses carbon dioxide (CO2) and produces free oxygen (O2) as a waste product. Respiration uses free oxygen and produces carbon dioxide as a waste product.