Difference between fermentation and aerobic respiration
- Fermentation accounts for partial breakdown of glucose, whereas in aerobic respiration it is completely degraded to CO2 and H2
- In fermentation, there is a net gain of only two molecules of ATP for each molecule of glucose degraded to pyruvic acid, whereas many more molecules of ATP are generated under aerobic conditions.
- NADH is oxidised to NAD+ rather slowly in fermentation, however the reaction is very vigorous in case of aerobic respiration.
Fig. Difference between fermentation and aerobic respiration