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  • Hey Nix! Can you differentiate photosynthesis and cellular respiration for me? 
  • Oh! Sure why not, okay but first let me explain them
  • Let's start with photosynthesis, Photosynthesis is the process used by plants and some bacteria to create energy from sunlight. Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that is responsible for this conversion process. The chemical formula for the process requires six molecules of carbon dioxide and six molecules of water plus the energy from light.
  • Now I know! Okay let's continue with the cellular respiration
  • Cellular respiration first breaks down glucose into pyruvic acid, and then the pyruvic acid is oxidized into carbon dioxide and water. 
  • This process usually occurs in the cytosol and mitochondria of eukaryotic cells. Mitochondria are organelles responsible for the conversion of potential energy into ATP.
  • The main difference between photosynthesis and respiration is where it occurs, one being in plants and some bacteria and the other being in most every other living thing. The other difference is that plants require sunlight for the process to occur, whereas respiration does not. If plants take carbon dioxide and expel oxygen, and most other living things take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide, the importance of both systems working in unison is obvious.
  • Thank you Nix! You helped me a lot  from clearing all of this things out, and now I understand! 
  • You're always welcome!
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