Carbon Sources for Bacterial Denitrification

  • E. G. Beauchamp
  • J. T. Trevors
  • J. W. Paul
Part of the Advances in Soil Science book series (SOIL, volume 10)


There are many factors that affect denitrification and these have been reviewed by Delwiche and Bryan (1976), Payne (1981), and Knowles (1982). None of these authors have provided an in-depth review of the critical role of organic carbon in the denitrification process. Organic carbon availability is one of the most important factors that affects denitrifying activity in soil, yet the chemistry of soil organic matter is only partially understood and its complexity has probably inhibited studies. A readily available C substrate is often added to denitrifying systems in the laboratory to ensure an electron supply when other variables are studied.


Volatile Fatty Acid Denitrification Rate Denitrification Process Cattle Slurry Paracoccus Denitrificans 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. G. Beauchamp
    • 1
  • J. T. Trevors
    • 2
  • J. W. Paul
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Land Resource Science, Ontario Agricultural CollegeUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Biology, Ontario Agricultural CollegeUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

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