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Answer to Question #78322 in Ecology for Krishna

Question #78322
What is the role of nitrifying, nitrogen-fixing, denitrifying, and ammonifying bacteria? (What is converted to what by each of them?)
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Nitrifying bacteria - oxidize ammonia and/or nitrites to nitrates
Nitrogen-fixing bacteria - use atmospheric nitrogen gas to produce ammonia, which is incorporated into composition of organic molecules.
Denitrifying bacteria - nitrogen oxides are converted into nitrogen gas
Ammonifying bacteria - decompose organic molecules with the release of ammonia

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