Biological Nitrogen Fixation: Forms and Regulating Factors

K.E. Giller, Paul Mapfumo

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Nitrogen (N2) 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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Soil Science
EditorsRattan Lal
Place of PublicationBoca Raton
PublisherCRC Press
Edition3rd edition
ISBN (Electronic)9781498738934
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2017


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