February 25, 2017

Homework Help: Biology, Burning of sugar..My theory

Posted by Kim on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3:55pm.

Can someone explain why, when sugar is burnt aerobically, it yields more energy than if it is burnt in anaerobic conditions?

My thesis is that in aerobic conditions, there is an abundant supply of oxygen which can burn the sugar and thus, creating ATP (energy) which is limited by the amount of sugar present. However, in anaerobic conditions, there isn't that supply of oxygen to readily burn the sugar, thus, ATP is not produced in that abundance as was the first case scenario.
Is that concept right?

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