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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

Distinguish between nitrogen fixation, ammonification, nitrification, and denitrification.

Summary Introduction

To review:

The difference between nitrogen fixation, nitrification, ammonification, and denitrification.

Introduction:

Nitrogen is another major component that is present in both the soil and the atmosphere. Nitogen is very important for plants. They use the nitrogen molecules present in the soil, and recycle and release them in the atmosphere. This atmospheric nitrogen gets converted into ammonium and is again utilized by plants. In his way, the nitrogen cycle works.

Explanation

The difference between nitrogen fixation, nitrification, ammonification, and denitrification has been tabulated below:

Nitrogen fixation Ammonification Nitrification Denitrification
It involves the conversion of nitrogen gas into ammonia. The nitrogen is converted into ammonium with the help of bacteria and fungi. The ammonia is oxidized into nitrate in this process. It converts the nitrates or nitrite into nitrogen oxide, and then into molecular nitrogen...

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