Process of Denitrification

The classic definition of denitrification is the stepwise reduction of nitrate (NO-) to dinitrogen gas (N2)

nitrate ! nitrite ! nitric oxide ! nitrous oxide ! dinitrogen gas

NO N2O N2

The reductions are catalyzed by the enzymes nitrate reductase, nitrite reductase, nitric oxide reductase, and nitrous oxide reductase. The redox balance of denitrifica-tion is

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