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Record number 318980
Title Biological nitrogen fixation, forms and regulating factors
Author(s) Giller, K.E.; Mapfumo, P.
Source In: Encyclopedia of Soil Science / Rattan Lal The Ohio State University - ISBN 082430634X - p. 107 - 109.
Department(s) Plant Production Systems
PE&RC
Publication type Chapter in scientific book
Publication year 2002
Abstract Nitrogen fixation is the basis of the global N cycle. Therefore it is not surprising that the ability to fix atmospheric N2 evolved in the "primeval soup" and is deeply rooted in the evolutionary tree of life. Despite this, nitrogenase remains an enzyme exclusive to prokaryotes; no eukaryote has been described that can fix N2 except through a symbiotic relationship. Members of both the Archaea and Eubacteria can fix N2 and even within the Eubacteria, nitrogenase is widely distributed among the various bacterial divisions (1).
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