- Nitrogen fixation in cyanobacteria
- Book title
- Encyclopedia of life sciences
- Number of pages
- [Chichester]: Wiley
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
Cyanobacteria are oxygenic photosynthetic bacteria that are widespread in marine,
freshwater and terrestrial environments and many of them are capable of fixing
atmospheric nitrogen. But ironically, nitrogenase, the enzyme that is responsible for the reduction of N2, is extremely sensitive to O2. Therefore, oxygenic photosynthesis and N2 fixation are not compatible. Hence, cyanobacteria had to evolve a variety of strategies circumventing this paradox allowing them to grow at the expense of N2, a ubiquitous source of nitrogen.
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