Diversity of Denitrifiers and Their Enzymes

  • W. J. Payne
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 9)


Carbon cycling massively involves all living things as either fixers or liberators, and light continually and specifically drives replenishement reactions. In contrast, the gain and loss events in the cycling of nitrogen are restricted to those procaryotes that fix elemental nitrogen, those that nitrify autotrophically, and those that liberate elemental nitrogen. Despite the gains of continual fixation, losses of nutrient nitrogen from sediments and soils are also unrelenting (Hauck, 1981). Removal of inorganic nitrogen is attributable indirectly to nitrification and directly to denitrification. Nitrate is generated by the one and reduced to elemental nitrogen by the other.


Nitric Oxide Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Nitrous Oxide Nitrate Reductase Nitrite Reductase 
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  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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