Cell biology and molecular basis of denitrification.

  title={Cell biology and molecular basis of denitrification.},
  author={Walter G. Zumft},
  journal={Microbiology and molecular biology reviews : MMBR},
  volume={61 4},
  • W. Zumft
  • Published 1 December 1997
  • Biology, Engineering
  • Microbiology and molecular biology reviews : MMBR
Denitrification is a distinct means of energy conservation, making use of N oxides as terminal electron acceptors for cellular bioenergetics under anaerobic, microaerophilic, and occasionally aerobic conditions. The process is an essential branch of the global N cycle, reversing dinitrogen fixation, and is associated with chemolithotrophic, phototrophic, diazotrophic, or organotrophic metabolism but generally not with obligately anaerobic life. Discovered more than a century ago and believed to… 

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