Effect on Biological Nitrogen Fixation of Nitrogen Gas treated with Ultraviolet Radiation

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MANY different theories on nitrogen fixation by Azotobacter cells have been presented, among them the proposition of Wilson and Burris1 that the nitrogen molecules, which are absorbed and take part in the reactions leading to nitrogen fixation, are in an activated state. These authors also suggest that this activated form might comprise a molecule possessing an energy greater than some unknown critical value.

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ZACHARIAS, B., HEDÉN, C. Effect on Biological Nitrogen Fixation of Nitrogen Gas treated with Ultraviolet Radiation. Nature 190, 817–818 (1961). https://doi.org/10.1038/190817b0

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