nitrify


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nitrify

(nī′trə-fī′)
tr.v. nitri·fied, nitri·fying, nitri·fies
1. To oxidize (an ammonia compound) into a nitrite or (a nitrite) into a nitrate, especially by the action of nitrifying bacteria.
2. To treat or combine with nitrogen or compounds containing nitrogen.

ni′tri·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
ni′tri·fi′er n.
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Our preliminary research indicated that nitrifying bacteria protected in pellets could nitrify animal lagoon wastewater at rates comparable to those used in Japan to clean up municipal wastewater systems," says Vanotti.
Nitrification in agricultural systems is thought to be mostly carried out by autotrophic bacteria (Jia and Conrad 2009), although some autotrophic archaca and heterotrophs can also nitrify.
Some acidic soils continued to nitrify, however, probably due to heterotrophic nitrifiers (Ishaque and Cornfield 1972; Huat 1983).