Aerobic respiration of say seedlings with an intact cotyledon: what happens between the energy produced in the reaction C6H12O6 + 6O2 => 6CO2 + 6H2) + ATP and the ATP releasing energy to drive biochemical activities? Is energy produced and then converted to the ATP? Or is the energy stored as ATP? I'm a little confused in terms of the energy actually produced and the ATP. Also what is the energy really used for? Besides cell division to promote growth of the seedling.