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Unformatted text preview: o In aquaria, nitrifiers are essential the fish couldnt stay alive otherwise o What happens when you dump lots of phosphate in a lake? You get big blooms of nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria This is why phosphates arent around in detergents anymore theyre a bit problem Phosphate is almost the only other thing that these bacteria need to grow, so they really take off this leads to pollution problems these bacteria create a lot of toxins You decrease the nitrogen to phosphate ratio o There are other organisms that can fix nitrogen autotrophs, some archea, some proteobacteria o Energetics you have to burn about 16 ATP for each nitrogen that gets reduced you have to be producing a lot of energy...
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course MCB MCB2010 taught by Professor Smith during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09