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Definition of nitrification

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Definition as written by philomel:

The oxidation of the ammonium compounds in dead organic material into nitrites and nitrates by soil nitrobacteria, making nitrogen available to plants.

Definition as written by philomel:

A chemical process in which nitrogen (mostly in the form of ammonia) in plant and animal wastes and dead remains is oxidized at first to nitrites and then to nitrates. These reactions are mainly caused by nitrifying bacteria. Unlike ammonia, nitrates are readily taken up by plant roots.

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