The Enzymology of Nitrogen Fixation

  • John Postgate
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 3)


Nitrogen fixation is the name given to the conversion of atmospheric dinitrogen (N2) into a chemical form which plants and microbes can use for growth. It is the step in the nitrogen cycle which compensates for a loss of fixed nitrogen to the atmosphere caused by microbial reduction of the nitrate ion; the complete nitrogen cycle can be represented in many forms such as that below:


Nitrogen Fixation Sodium Dithionite M8ssbauer Spectrum Azotobacter Vinelandii Clostridium Pasteurianum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Postgate
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  1. 1.Agricultural Research Council, Unit of Nitrogen FixationUniversity of SussexBrighton, SussexUK

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