The Effect of Glucose Concentration on Anaerobic Respiration in Yeast

Topics: Cellular respiration, Carbon dioxide, Oxygen Pages: 5 (873 words) Published: October 12, 2014


Yeast, also known as a saccharomyces cerevisiae, is single celled eukaryotic cells that are in the kingdom fungi and are unicellular organisms which normally reproduce asexually by budding at a very high rate. Scientists quite often decide to work with yeast because of its features fast growing rate and the fact that yeast's DNA can be easily manipulated. Some types of yeast can be found naturally on plant or in the soil. Also it is worthwhile mentioning that yeast feeds on sugar very well, and so that I decided to use glucose.

My independent variable will be the concentration of glucose solution. To make sure that that my test will be fair, I will make sure that the water temperature, volume of yeast and glucose and the timings will be as constant as possible. The only thing that I'm going to change is the concentration of the glucose, so I will be able to see whether the concentration of glucose will have an effect on the respiration of yeast or not. I also will also make sure that while conducting an experiment, I will keep the flasks absolutely clean all the time. This will help to avoid the chance of bacteria building up, and so the competition over the glucose will be avoided.

The mass added and the intervals of adding must be controlled, because it might affect the overall outcome. In order to get good fermentation environment for the yeast, the incubator will be kept around 30c.

My hypothesis for this experiment is that the greater the concentration of glucose will be added, the faster the rate of respiration will be. This is because more glucose added to the yeast will mean more glucose to break down, therefore producing ethanol and carbon dioxide. Also to support my hypothesis I would mention that, more concentration of glucose will result in the more heat energy produced and so more molecules will move around and collide.

Anaerobic Respiration equation: GLUCOSE → ETHANOL + CARBON DIOXIDE (+ ENERGY RELEASED)

Aerobic Respiration equation: GLUCOSE + OXYGEN → CARBON DIOXIDE + WATER (+ ENERGY)



Concentration of Glucose

Measured by measuring cylinders/pipettes, as a percentage to the water solution

Concentration: 10%,15%,20%,25% and 30% to volume of distilled water



Measured by measuring cylinder

Volume: 200ml


Same distilled water is used

pH: 7

Mass of Yeast

Measured by a top pan balance

Grams: 1.5g of dried yeast

Yeast is left to settle for 5 minutes after it will be mixed with glucose and the amount of gas has to be recorded from the start.


Measured by a thermometer

C: Varies throughout the day, but each yeast solutions gets the same temperature

It is important to keep the temperature the same throughout the whole experiment because enzymes might work faster or slower depending on the temperature.



Placing portions of different concentration of yeast solution separately in the apparatus

Count the amount of bubbles every 1 minute

To read the burette correctly it is important to remember that the lowest numbers start on top and go up to the highest numbers at the bottom.

The curved surface at the top of the liquid level is called a MENISCUS.


Weigh four different amounts of glucose 1g,2g,3g,4g and 5g and place each amount into a conical flask .

Add 100 ml of water to the conical flask and swirl until the glucose is fully dissolved.

Yeast has to be heated up before mixing it with sugar because as soon as we add the sugar the enzymes will begin to break down the glucose , so it will be an unfair test

Using a 10ml pipet, transfer 1.5g of the yeast into the 100ml conical flask.

Occasionally swirl the yeast suspension including water and glucose for 5 minutes, and then leave it to settle for about 2-3...

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