Dark respiration

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(1) A form of respiration in plants where carbon dioxide is released without the aid of (sun)light.

(2) Mitochondrial respiration in plants.

Note: The term is not limited to plants; microorganisms such as microalgae may also perform dark respiration


Dark respiration, or simply respiration, is respiration in plants regardless of light (i.e. whether light is present or absent) to distinguish it from photorespiration that occurs in the presence of light.

See also: photorespiration

Note: Dark respiration is not limited to plants: Microorganisms such as microalgae may also perform dark respiration.