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How is respiration in plants different from that in animals?

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Aerobic respiration in plants and animals is largely the same as they occur in mitochondria which can be found in both plants and animal cells. The products are ATP, water and carbon dioxide. The processes for anaerobic respiration are different. Plants produce ethanol which is toxic whilst animals produce lactic acid. Build up of either product in either organism can be dealt with with lactic acid being converted into pyruvate to enter the links reaction. Ethanol can be broken down into ethanoate which can be turned into acetyl Co A which can enter the Krebs Cycle.

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