Yeast Respiration

See real-time evidence that yeast cells can respire both aerobically (with oxygen) and anaerobically (without oxygen), and determine what happens to the yeast cells when the dissolved oxygen (DO) supply is depleted.

Dissolved oxygen concentration drops dramatically as oxygen is consumed during aerobic respiration.

Enlarge Image

Lab Summary

Using direct observation and a dissolved oxygen sensor, students will see that when yeast cells respire aerobically, oxygen is used up, and a gas (CO2) is formed. They will also see that the yeast cells continue to respire even when the oxygen in the water has been used up. They will see that when the concentration of dissolved oxygen is zero, yeast cells continue to produce gas bubbles, showing their capacity to respire anaerobically.



Use the Dissolved Oxygen Sensor to see that as yeast cells respire aerobically, oxygen is used up, and a gas (CO2) is formed.

Here's What You Need

U.S. Educator prices shown.


PASPORT Dissolved Oxygen Sensor (PS-2108)
Not available for online ordering at this time. Please contact Customer Support at 800-772-8700 or 916-786-3800.

Provides real-time, aqueous oxygen concentration measurements. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Learn more

Learn More
Xplorer GLX (PS-2002) - $389

The Xplorer GLX is a data collection, graphing, and analysis tool designed for science students and educators.

Learn more

Other Products

Learn More
Buret Clamp (SE-9446) - $15

The V-shaped, plastic-coated jaws will gently hold a buret and lock at any angle.

Learn more

Learn More
Small Tripod Base and Rod (SE-9451) - $24

The steel rod is 9.5 mm (3/8 in.) in diameter and 50 cm long.

Learn more

Other Materials

  • High-intensity Lamp, such as one with a 100-watt Fluorescent Bulb
  • Beakers (2), 250-mL
  • Magnetic Stir Plate and Bar
  • Low-sided Glass or Plastic Dish
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Stirring Rod
  • Graduated Cylinder, 25-mL
  • Water, 200.0 mL
  • Table Sugar, 30.0 g
  • Rapid-rise Baker’s Yeast (such as Fleischmann’s™), 1 package