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    conditions. This could be due to the fact that there is less nitrogen in water than in soil. Introduction: Nitrogen cycling allows for living organisms to survive in ecosystems. The nitrogen cycle consists of N₂ from the atmosphere being changed and converted to NO₃ for organisms to properly and then back to N₂. This process of converting N₂ to NO₃ is called nitrogen fixation. First, bacteria microbes will convert N₂ to NH₃ and then to NH₄. This part of nitrogen fixation is known as ammonification. The NH₄ is then converted to NO₂ and then to NO₃. This part of nitrogen fixation is known as nitrification. After this process, plants can safely absorb the nitrogen for nutrients. Through denitrification, the NO₃ that was produced from nitrogen fixation is converted to N₂. The process of denitrification consists of NO₃ being converted to NO₂. The NO₂ is converted to NO then to N₂O and then finally to N₂, which will go to the atmosphere. Bacteria in the soil are responsible for the conversion of NO₃ to N₂. Different genes from the bacteria are important in expressing enzymes to convert NO₃ to N₂. nirk codes for enzymes that facilitates NO₂ to be converted to NO. cnor and qnor codes for enzymes that facilitates NO to be converted to N₂O. nosz codes for enzymes that facilitates N₂O to be converted to N₂. Since N₂O is a known greenhouse gas that pollutes the atmosphere, it is important to know the extent of how nosz under certain conditions. According to past research, bacteria,…

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    Bioturbation effects on sediment properties also impact nitrogen cycling processes. In general, bioturbation increases nitrification activity by increasing the proportion of oxic sediment in which nitrification can occur (Fig.2) (Sayama and Kurihara, 1983, Tuominen et al., 1999, Welsh, 2003, Nielsen et al., 2004). Rates of denitrification also tend to be higher (Gilbert et al., 1995, Ieno et al., 2006) as bioturbation promotes coupled nitrification-denitrification (Kristensen and Blackburn,…

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    Orga Denitrification

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    January 30, 2017 Discussion Questions General 1. Ammonification is the microbial degradation of nitrogenous compounds resulting in ammonia. Nitrification is a process by which ammonia is oxidized to nitrite and then nitrite is oxidized to nitrate. Denitrification is a process by which nitrate is converted into nitrogen gas or nitrous oxide by denitrifiers. Nitrogen fixation is a process by which atmospheric nitrogen is converted into ammonia by symbiotic or non-symbiotic mechanisms. 2. The…

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    The direct reduction of nitrate to ammonium (DNRA) can be implemented by organisms with the NRF-gene. Nuclear respiratory factor gene (NRF-gene) is functions as a transcription factor which activates the expression of metabolic genes regulating cellular growth and nuclear genes required for respiration in organisms. This is a less common method of nitrate reduction than denitrification in most ecosystems. Other genes involved in denitrification include NIR (nitrite reductase) and NOS (nitrous…

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    Nitrosomonas convert ammonia to nitrite and another bacterium called Nitrobacter converts nitrate to nitrate. Nitrate Assimilation The nitrate present in the soil is absorbed by plants through the root system in the form of NO3 - ions. But it cannot be used by plants directly. So it is first reduced to nitrite by the enzyme nitrate reductase. Nitrite is then converted to Ammonia by the enzyme nitrite reductase series of steps requiring a total of eight electrons provided by reduced NAD and…

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    Rhodococci Bacteria

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    isolate and identify the different types of microbes living in the soil sample. As per the directions from the Methodology outlined in Egger, Robertson & Thompson (2016). First sterile dilutions were made of the soil and from these dilutions; spread, pour and TSA or Tryptic Soy Agar plates were prepared to culture the bacteria on. Streak plates were then made from this cultured bacterium to isolate individual colonies of one type of bacterium. The individual bacteria strains then had many sets…

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    water was severely polluted. The pH, the temperature, nitrogen concentration, hydrocarbon concentration, and amounts of ions (chlorine, iron, carbon) were measured to determine the base quality of the water to monitor fluctuations over time. Water remained polluted through the bog suggesting bog wetlands have little effect on the water quality of passing water (2011). In contrast, Fellman and D’Amore (2007) conducted a study on bogs and mineralization of nitrogen and phosphorous ions into the…

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    Rhizobium bacteria living in symbiosis with these plants begin the process of nitrogen conversion to ammonia (NH3), or cyanobacteria in water systems convert (N2). Through the process of nitrification ammonia is then transformed into nitrite and then on to nitrate which serve as macronutrients for plants as they form proteins, nucleic acids, or ATP. Consumers that eat these plants use nitrogen in the process of protein synthesis and store nitrogen in their tissues. When organisms release…

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    This ancient interaction between NO and cytochrome oxidase is possible because geochemical studies have demonstrated that nitric oxide could have been present in early earth(15). Interestingly, studies have shown that many cytochrome oxidase subunits are/can be associated with the denitrification process: a process that involves the reduction of nitric oxide(16). Interactions between nitric oxide and cytochrome oxidase have been observed with NO used as an inhibitor of cytochrome oxidase for…

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    Role in Ecosystem E. coli is a heterotrophic organism and obtains its essential nutrients from organic molecules ingested by its host. E. coli’s main carbon source comes from glucose molecules, but other sugars, such as lactose, galactose, sucrose, etc., can be used when glucose is not available. ATP production is then fueled by the metabolization of these sugars through various pathways. In anaerobic conditions E. coli can produce ATP through fermentation and denitrification (Moder, 2008).…

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