Essay about Factors Affecting The Rate Of Cellular Respiration

2176 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
Cellular respiration is “The series of metabolic processes by which living cells produce energy through the oxidation of organic substances” (dictionary.com). These metabolic processes are fueled through O2 consumption. The equation of cellular respiration is as follows: C6H12O6 + O2 ---> CO2 + H2O + ATP (Pidwirny). The actual pathways of cellular respiration are glycolysis, pyruvate oxidation, and oxidative-phosphorylation (Campbell pg. 166). The big picture problem is the rate at which this reaction takes place is dependant on several factors. The factors that affect cellular respiration are, stage of the organism 's life cycle, the type of organism, and diet. These factors affect homeostasis because it controls how much energy the cells utilizes to do work. In the experiments conducted, several of the cellular respiration factors were tested in different manners to ascertain how each of these factors specifically affect the rate of cellular respiration which is measured in O2 consumption. For experiment of day one, the goal was to determine the effect that the different stages of the life cycle have on cellular respiration. The hypothesis was that the germinated kidney beans will consume more O2 than their respective ungerminated counterparts. The ungerminated kidney beans will have little to no amount of O2 consumption. The reason that the germinated kidney beans will consume more is that they are in a more active cycle of its lifespan. This hypothesis is plausible.…

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