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Can J Microbiol. 1978 Jan;24(1):45-9.

[Denitrification by Bacillus licheniformis].

[Article in French]


The denitrifying capacity of 15 strains of Bacillus licheniformis was evaluated. In general, N2 production by the cultures on complex media containing NO3- is irregular and quite slow and three of the strains never produce gas. Bacillus licheniformis grows rapidly in anaerobiosis on peptone medium containing NO3- which is reduced to NO2-. None of the strains grow in peptone medium with NO2- or N2O as the respiratory substrate, nor do they grow under an atmosphere of 10% NO-90% N2. Denitrification was studied in cell suspensions using gas chromatography. N2O production from NO3- or NO2- is always weak at best; nitric oxide is reduced to N2O at an appreciable rate. All the strains synthesize nitrate reductase A in anaerobiosis when NO3- is present. In cell extracts, nitrite reductase activity is always negligible or nil with tetramethyl-p-phenylenediamine as an electron donor.

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