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Unformatted text preview: Daniel Schnoover Chem 1046 10 April 2006 Report Proposal The purpose of my project is to find the consequences that excess nitrogen being fixed by microorganisms has on the biosphere, especially on the atmosphere. Fertilizers are now commonly used to increase the crop yield per area. These fertilizers have a large concentration of nitrogen in a form that can not be used by plants and must therefore first be fixed my micros into ammonium, a form which can be used by the plants. The problem arises in the fact that more nitrogen is fixed than can be used by the plants and is therefore being released into the atmosphere, where the concentration is constantly rising. I hope to bring an understand of how these micro organisms go about aiding in the problems of air pollution along with some other reasons for the concern. There is presently a lot of research being done on the topic. Even here at Virginia Tech there are experiments to help find the source of the protein, nitrogenous that allows the micro to fix...
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