Different sensitivities to oxygen of nitrous oxide production by Nitrosomonas europaea and Nitrosolobus multiformis

L. Dundee, D. W. Hopkins*

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Abstract

We measured N2O production by two species of primary chemoautotrophic nitrifying bacteria, Nitrosomonas europaea and Nitrosolobus multiformis, in media with different dissolved O2 concentrations. Both species produced N2O across a wide range of O2 concentrations and after 48 h there was a large peak of N2O production (3.2 nmol N2O cm-3 cell suspension) by N. europaea at a dissolved concentration of 2.1 mg O2 1-1, whereas for N. multiformis the peak in N2O production was much smaller (1.6 nmol N2O cm-1), but it also occurred at a dissolved O2 concentration of 2.1 mg O2 1-1. However at greater dissolved oxygen concentrations (between 24 and 37 mg O2 1-1), N. multiformis produced more N2O than N. europaea. The results are consistent with both species producing N2O during NH4+ oxidation and with N. europaea, producing a much larger amount of N2O during denitrification than N. multiformis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1563-1565
Number of pages3
JournalSoil Biology and Biochemistry
Volume33
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Nitrifer denitrification
  • Nitrification
  • Nitrosolobus
  • Nitrosomonas
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Oxygen

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