Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration

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Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration

Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration

Carbon dioxide and water released by cellular respiration are used in photosynthesis.The products of cellular respiration (CO2 and H2O) are the reactants of photosynthesis.The overall equations for photosynthesis and cellular respiration are the reverse of eachother. Photosynthesis used carbon dioxide, while cellular respiration produces carbondioxide.The reactants of photosynthesis are the products of cellular respiration.

Photosynthesis by plants produces oxygen (O2), which is then used by animals as a reactantin cellular respiration. The product of cellular respiration is carbon dioxide, which is usedby plants in photosynthesis. And the cycle continues.

The energy captured in photosynthesis is used to power cellular respiration.Energy from the sun is used captured during photosynthesis and stored in the bonds ofglucose (C6H12O6)molecules. During cellular respiration, this energy transferred to ATP moleculesto be used to do work in the cell.

Photosynthesis makes the glucose that is used in cellular respiration to make ATP. The glucose is then turned back into carbon dioxide, which is used in photosynthesis. While water is broken down to form oxygen during photosynthesis, in cellular respiration oxygen is combined with hydrogen to form water. While photosynthesis requires carbon dioxide and releases oxygen, cellular respiration requires oxygen and releases carbon dioxide


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