Nitrification and ammonification in aquatic systems.

  title={Nitrification and ammonification in aquatic systems.},
  author={Bess Ward},
  journal={Life support & biosphere science : international journal of earth space},
  volume={3 1-2},
  • Bess Ward
  • Published 1996 in
    Life support & biosphere science : international…
Nitrification is an essential step in the nitrogen cycle of natural systems because it links organic matter degradation to fixed nitrogen loss. Ammonium released by ammonification is oxidized to nitrate by nitrification, and can then be reduced to dinitrogen gas by denitrification, resulting in net loss of fixed nitrogen from the system. Whether organic matter degradation results in net ammonium release depends largely on the quality of the organic substrate and interactions among members of… CONTINUE READING