Nitrite as a stimulus for ammonia-starved Nitrosomonas europaea

H.J. Laanbroek, M.J. Bär-Gilissen, H.L. Hoogveld

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    Abstract

    Ammonia-starved cells of Nitrosomonas europaea are able to preserve a high level of ammonia-oxidizing activity in the absence of ammonium. However, when the nitrite-oxidizing cells that form part of the natural nitrifying community do not keep pace with the ammonia-oxidizing cells, nitrite accumulates and may subsequently inhibit ammonia oxidation. The maintenance of a high ammonia-oxidizing capacity during starvation is then nullified. In this study we demonstrated that cells of N. europaea starved for ammonia were not sensitive to nitrite, either when they were starved in the presence of nitrite or when nitrite was supplied simultaneously with fresh ammonium. In the latter case, the initial ammonia-oxidizing activity of starved cells was stimulated at least fivefold. [KEYWORDS: energy-source deprivation; heterotrophic bacteria; oxidizing bacteria; oxidation; recovery; denitrification; competition; starvation; dynamics]
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1454-1457
    JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
    Volume68
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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