Respiration beyond sugars

Context/Location: Respiration beyond sugars

Cells recycle reduced carbon compounds, building them into different molecules as needed.  However, once the carbon is completely oxidized to carbon dioxide it is released from the cell and can only be reused eventually by photosynthetic organisms.

Tracing Matter: Respiration beyond sugars

Any reduced carbon compound can potentially enter respiration after removal of N,S, and P atoms and transformation into one of the intermediate molecules of respiration.

Tracing Energy: Respiration beyond sugars

Any reduced carbon compound can potentially enter respiration and thus be used to meet energy needs.

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