Cyanide utilization and degradation by microorganisms.

@article{Knowles1988CyanideUA,
  title={Cyanide utilization and degradation by microorganisms.},
  author={Christopher J. Knowles},
  journal={Ciba Foundation symposium},
  year={1988},
  volume={140},
  pages={
          3-15
        }
}
Various microorganisms can produce (cyanogenesis) or degrade cyanide. They degrade cyanide either to detoxify it, or to use it as a source of nitrogen for growth. Significant amounts of cyanide are formed as a secondary metabolite by a wide range of fungi and a few bacteria by decarboxylation of glycine. When cyanide has been formed by the snow mould fungus it is degraded by conversion to carbon dioxide and ammonia via an unknown pathway. In contrast, cyanogenic bacteria either do not further… CONTINUE READING
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