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Identification Of Nitrifying Bacteria Contained In A Commercial Inoculant Using Molecular Biology Techniques, Anthony Harrington, John Perry, Penny S. Amy Aug 2011

Identification Of Nitrifying Bacteria Contained In A Commercial Inoculant Using Molecular Biology Techniques, Anthony Harrington, John Perry, Penny S. Amy

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Nitrifying bacteria play an important role in aquatic and terrestrial environments through the nitrogen cycle. Nitrification, one of the processes of the nitrogen cycle, refers to the oxidation of ammonia to nitrate. This process requires two types of chemoautotrophic bacteria, ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB), and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB). These bacteria are essential in maintaining an optimal environment for plants and aquatic organisms, such as fish. Current applications of nitrifiers include: inoculants for aquariums, biofertilizers, and nitrogen removal in wastewater treatment plants. This study wants to identify a consortium of nitrifers that can be used to produce sufficient nitrate for plants in ...