Biological denitrification

M. S. Coyne

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Denitrification is fundamentally important in the global biogeochemical N cycle because it is the major route by which inorganic oxidized N compounds in the soil return to the atmospheric N pool. The literature addressing denitrification is legion, consequently, this review only briefly overviews the background of denitrification studies and the cellular biology of denitrification; its main focus is on the environmental factors controlling denitrification in the soil environment, and the detection of denitrification in the soil microbial community. It helps us re-evaluate what we understand about the biology and process of denitrification to better manage N resources in soil ecosystems. There is great uncertainty about the role denitrification plays in ameliorating or abetting NO and N2O flux, and the role that human management of the soil environment has played through fertilization, wetland drainage and wetland creation, and soil amendment with organic and inorganic wastes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNitrogen in Agricultural Systems
Number of pages53
ISBN (Electronic)9780891181910
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2008 by American Society of Agronomy, Inc. Crop Science Society of America, Inc. Soil Science Society of America, Inc.


  • Aggregate-scale denitrification studies
  • Biological denitrification
  • Denitrifying organisms
  • Ecosystem scale denitrification studies
  • Laboratory scale denitrification studies
  • Microbiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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