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In the absence of oxygen, plants will break down sugars into carbon dioxide and alcohols or acids.

Which of the following BEST explains how this pathway likely arose?

A

To get the most out phosphorylation per molecule of pyruvate without the ability to utilize respiration.

B

As an alternative process to compete with respiration.

C

To regenerate depleted NAD$^+$.

D

Because of human cultivation.

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