Q1. Recall that the complex oxidation of a mole of glucose releases 686 kcal of energy. The phosphorylation of ADP to form ATP stores approximately 7.3 kcal per mole o ATP. What is the approximate efficiency of cellular respiration for a “mutant” organism that produces only 29 mole of ATP for every mole of glucose oxidized, rather than the usual 36-38 moles of ATP?
Q2. Given the amount of sunlight that hits the plants on the planet, and the ability of plants for rapid growth and reproduction, how come we are not all hip deep in dead plants?