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PointsTo Remember

Autotroph: An organism that sythesize its required nutrients from simple and inorganic substance; Example-plants, blue green algae (cyanobacteria)

Heterotroph : An organism that cannot synthesise its own nutrients and depend on others. Example-Bacteria, protists, members of animalia.

Biological nitrogen fixation: Conversion of atmospheric nitrogen into organic compounds by living organisms.

Chlorosis: Yellowing ofleaves due to loss of chlorophyll.

Nitrification : Conversion of ammonia (NH3) into nitrite and then to nitrate.

Denitrification : A process of conversion of nitrate into nitrous oxide and nitrogen gas (N2).

Leg-hemoglobin : Pinkish pigment found in the root nodules of legumes.
It acts as oxygen scavenger and protects the nitrogenase enzyme from oxidation.

Flux : The movement of ions is called flux. Influx is inward movement of ions into the cells and efflux is the outward movement of ions.

Inhibition of cell division :Deficiency ofN, K, S. and Mo.

Necrosis : Death of tissues particularly leaf tissue due to deficiency of Ca, Mg, Cu, K.

Delayed Flowering: due to deficiency ofN, S, Mo.

Mineral Nutrition : Plants require mineral elements for their growth and development. The utilization of various absorbed ions by a plant for growth and development is called mineral nutrition of the plant.

Hydroponics : Soil-less culture of plants, where roots are immersed in nutrient solution (without soil) is called hydroponics. The result obtained from hydroponics may be used to determine deficiency symptoms of essential elements.

Active Transport : Absorption occuring at the expense of metabolic energy.

Passive Transport : Absorption of minerals with concentration gradient by the process of diffusion without the expense of metabolic energy.

Essential Elements

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In addition to the 17 essential elements, Na, Si, Co and Si are required by some higher plants.

Criteria for essentiality:

  1. The element must be necessary for supporting normal growth and reproduction.
  2. Requirement must be specific and not replaceable by another element.
  3. The element must be directly involved in the metabolism of the plant.

Role of Minerals Elements in Plants


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Critical Concentration : The concentration of the essential element below which plant growth is retarted. The element is said to be deficient when present below the critical concentration.

Deficiency symptoms :Chlorosis, stunted growth, premature fall of leaves and buds and inhibition of cell division.

Toxicity of micronutrient : Any mineral ion concentration in tissues that reduces the dry weight of tissues by 10% is considered toxic. Toxicity of one element may lead to deficiency of other element since the former may inhibit the uptake of latter., e.g., Mn competes with Fe, Mg for uptake and also inhibits Ca translocation to shoot apex. Therefore Mn toxicity symptoms are actually same as deficiency symptoms ofFe, Mg and Ca.

Role of microbes in nitrogen cycle :

  • Rhizobium, Azotobacter, Rhodospirillum; Fix atmospheric nitrogen
  • Nitrosomonas and/or Nitrococcus :-Conversion of ammonia to nitrite
  • Nitrobacter : Conversion of nitrite into nitrate.
  • Pseudomonas and Thiobacillus : reduce nitrate into nitrogen.
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Nitrogen Cycle

Nitrogen fixation-The process of conversiOn of Nitrogen (N2) into ammonia (NH3).

Ammonification-The process of decomposition of organic nitrogen of plants and animals (proteins) into ammonia.

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Nitrification-The ammonia so formed may volatilise and re-enter the atmosphere, or some of the ammonia may be converted first into nitrite and then into nitrate by soil bacteria

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The Nitrate so formed can be easily absorbed by the plants and transported to leaves. In leaves, nitrate is reduced to ammonia to form amino-acids, because nitrate can not used by plants as such.

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Denitrification-Process of reduction of the nitrate present in soil to nitrogen. It is carried out by bacteria like Pseudomonas and Thiobacillus.

Biological Nitrogen Fixation-Reduction of nitrogen to ammonia by living organisms. Certain prokaryotes are able to fix nitrogen because of presence of ‘nitrogenase’ enzyme in them.

Nitrogen fixing microbes may be

(a) Free living-(i) Aerobic-Azotobacter
(ii) Anaerobic-Rhodospirillum

(b) Cyanobacteria-Nostoc, Anabaena

(c) Symbiotic-(i) With leguminous plants-Rhizobium
(ii) With non-leguminous plants-Frankia

Enzyme nitrogenase-The enzyme nitrogenase is Mo-Fe protein and catalysis the conversion of atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia (First stable product of nitrogen fixation)

Leg-hemoglobin-A pink colour pigment, similar to hemoglobin of vertebrates and functions as an oxygen scavenger and protects nitrogenase from oxygen.

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Steps of nodule formation :

(a) Rhizobium bacteria present in soil contact a susceptible root hair.
(b) Infection of the root hair cause it to curve and deformed due to chemical secretion.
(c) An infection thread is produced carrying the bacteria into the cortex of the root.
(d) The bacteria get modified into rod-shaped bacteria and cause inner cortical and pericycle cells to divide plant produce cytokinin and auxin to stimulate cell division and enlarge to form nodules.
(e) Division and growth of cortical and pericycle cells lead to nodule formation.

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Mechanisms ofN2 fixation

It require 3 components-
(a) A strong reducing agent like FADH2, NADPH2
(b) Nitrogenase enzyme
(c) ATP (as energy service)


(a) Formation ofDiamide
(b) Formation ofHydrazine (N2H4)
(c) Formation of Ammonia

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