, Volume 161, Issue 1, pp 81–85 | Cite as

Denitrification of nitrate to nitrogen gas by washed cells ofRhizobium japonicum and by bacteroids fromGlycine max

  • Basant Bhandari
  • D. J. D. Nicholas


Nitrate, nitrite and nitrous oxide were denitrified to N2 gas by washed cells ofRhizobium japonicum CC706 as well as by bacteroids prepared from root nodules ofGlycine max (L.) Merr. (CV. Clark 63). Radiolabelled N2 was produced from either K15NO3 or Na15NO2 by washed cells ofRh. japonicum CC705 grown with either nitrate only (5 mM) or nitrate (5 mM) plus glutamate (10 mM). Nitrogen gas was also produced from N2O. Similar results were obtained with bacteroids ofG. max. The stoichiometry for the utilization of15NO 3 - or15NO 2 - and the produciton of15N2 was 2:1 and for N2O utilization and N2 production it was 1:1. Some of the15N2 gas produced by denitrification of15NO 3 - in bacteroids was recycled via nitrogenase into cell nitrogen.

Key words

Bacteroid Glycine (bacteroids) Denitrification Rhizobium 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Basant Bhandari
    • 1
  • D. J. D. Nicholas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Biochemistry, Waite Agricultural Research InstituteUniversity of AdelaideGlen OsmondAustralia

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