The Molecular Genetics of Higher Plant Nitrate Assimilation

  • John L. Wray
Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)


The nitrate assimilation pathway is the major point of entry of inorganic nitrogen into organic combination in most crop plants growing in well-aerated soils. This pathway converts nitrate to ammonium via a nitrate uptake mechanism and two enzymes, nitrate reductase (NR) and nitrite reductase (NiR), thereby making nitrogen available for a variety of biosyntheses, of which the most important quantitatively is protein synthesis.


Nitrate Reductase Somatic Hybrid Nitrate Reductase Activity Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide Nitrate Uptake 
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  • John L. Wray
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  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry and MicrobiologyUniversity of St. AndrewsSt. Andrews, FifeScotland

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