Nitrification occurs below the photic zone in the oceanic water column. But thus far, it was believed not to be possible in anoxic zones. A new Science paper changes that possibility. Learn more in a new SciencePerspective:
The single-cell organism can self-produce oxygen for ammonia oxidation
Nitrosopumilus maritimus, under anoxic conditions, produces O2for ammonia oxidation by itself while simultaneously reducing nitrite to nitrous oxide (N2O) and dinitrogen (N2). These results provide a possible explanation for the presence of AOA in marine oxygen minimum zones, where they may have an important role in nitrogen loss. The findings may further have implications for the evolution of the nitrogen cycle on Earth.
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) demonstrate that the marine AOA Nitrosopumilus maritimus , under anoxic conditions, produces O 2 for ammonia oxidation by itself while simultaneously reducing nitrite to nitrous oxide (N 2 O) and dinitrogen (N 2 ). These results provide a possible explanation for the presence of AOA in marine oxygen minimum zones, where they may have an important role in nitrogen loss. The findings may further have implications for the evolution of the nitrogen cycle on Earth. Get full access to this article View all available purchase options and get full access to this article.