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Nitrogen Fixation in Bacteria and Higher Plants

  • Richard C. Burns
  • Ralph W. F. Hardy

Part of the Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Biophysics book series (MOLECULAR, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. The Diazotrophs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard C. Burns, Ralph W. F. Hardy
      Pages 3-13
    3. Richard C. Burns, Ralph W. F. Hardy
      Pages 14-38
    4. Richard C. Burns, Ralph W. F. Hardy
      Pages 39-60
  3. Biochemistry and Biophysics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Richard C. Burns, Ralph W. F. Hardy
      Pages 65-73
    3. Richard C. Burns, Ralph W. F. Hardy
      Pages 74-105
    4. Richard C. Burns, Ralph W. F. Hardy
      Pages 106-132
    5. Richard C. Burns, Ralph W. F. Hardy
      Pages 133-150
    6. Richard C. Burns, Ralph W. F. Hardy
      Pages 151-167
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 169-192

About this book

Introduction

Our knowledge of the biochemistry and biophysics of dinitrogen fixa­ tion has developed rapidly in the 15 years since the first N2-fixing enzyme system was successfully extracted from a bacterium. This peri­ od has produced a literature that now describes the N2 fixation reac­ tion and the nitrogenase enzyme itself in sophisticated terms, though a detailed reaction mechanism at the chemical level has not yet emerged. It is the purpose of the present monograph to present an in-depth re­ view, analysis, and integration of this research as is possible with a non-contributed publication and to relate this work to considera­ tions of N2 fixation that reach beyond the confines of the biochem­ ist's laboratory. The first section is directed as much toward the general science read­ er as toward the specialist. It covers the agricultural origins of man's interest in N2 fixation and also pertinent areas of taxonomy, physiology, and evolution. Ecological aspects of the subject include a comprehensive evaluation of the nitrogen cycle leading to a sub­ stantially greater estimate of the rate of global N2 fixation than previous ones. The treatment is of a survey fashion, in part to pro­ vide a general over-view of N2 fixation and in part to provide context for the biochemistry and biophysics that follow in the second section.

Keywords

Burns Fixation Hardy Nitrogenase Stickstoff Stickstoffbindende Bakterien Stickstoffbindende Blaualgen Stickstoffbindende Grünalgen bacteria biochemistry enzymes nitrogen physiology

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard C. Burns
    • 1
  • Ralph W. F. Hardy
    • 1
  1. 1.E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & CoWilmingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-80926-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1975
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-80928-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-80926-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-0221
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