Anammox revisited: Thermodynamic considerations in early studies of the microbial nitrogen cycle

Aharon Oren*

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Abstract

This paper explores the early literature on the thermodynamics of processes in the microbial nitrogen cycle, evaluating parameters of transfer of energy which depends on the initial and final states of the system, the mechanism of the reactions involved and the rates of these reactions. Processes discussed include the anaerobic oxidation of ammonium (the anammox reaction), the use of inorganic nitrogen compounds as electron donors for anoxygenic photosynthesis, and the mechanism and bioenergetics of biological nitrogen fixation.

Original languageAmerican English
Article numberfnv114
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
Volume362
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2015

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Keywords

  • Anammox
  • History
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Thermodynamics

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