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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2016

Non-denitrifying nitrous oxide-reducing bacteria - An effective N2O sink in soil

Domeignoz-Horta, L. A.; Putz, Martina; Spor, Ayme; Bru, David; Breuil, Marie-Christine; Hallin, Sara; Philippot, Laurent


Nitrous oxide (N2O) is an important greenhouse gas and fundamental questions about the capacity of soil microbial communities to act not only as sources, but also as sinks for N2O remains unanswered. We evaluated the capacity of non-denitrifying N2O-reducers to mitigate the production of this greenhouse gas in soil. We showed experimentally that the addition of the non-denitrifying strain Dyadobacter fermentans, which possesses the previously unaccounted N2O reductase NosZII to 11 different soils significantly reduced N2O production of up to 189% in more than 1/3 of the soils. The magnitude of this effect was significantly influenced by the soil pH and C/N ratio. Overall, our results provide unambiguous evidence that the overlooked non-denitrifying NosZII-type bacteria can contribute to N2O consumption in soil. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Greenhouse gas; nosZ; Mitigation; Microbial community; Nitrogen; Denitrification

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Soil Biology and Biochemistry
2016, Volume: 103, pages: 376-379