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Nitrous oxide production by ammonia oxidisers: Physiological diversity, niche differentiation and potential mitigation strategies.

Abstract

Oxidation of ammonia to nitrite by bacteria and archaea is responsible for global emissions of nitrous oxide directly and indirectly through provision of nitrite and, after further oxidation, nitrate to denitrifiers. Their contributions to increasing N2 O emissions are greatest in terrestrial environments, due to the dramatic and continuing increases in use of ammonia-based fertilisers, which have been driven by requirement for increased food production, but which also provide a source of energy for ammonia oxidisers, leading to an imbalance in the terrestrial nitrogen cycle. Direct N2 O production by ammonia oxidisers results from several metabolic processes, sometimes combined with abiotic reactions. Physiological characteristics, including mechanisms for N2 O production, vary within and between ammonia oxidising archaea (AOA) and bacteria (AOB) and comammox bacteria and N2 O yield of AOB is higher than in the last two groups. There is also strong evidence for niche differentiation between AOA and AOB with respect to environmental conditions in natural and engineered environments. In particular, AOA are favoured by low soil pH and AOA and AOB are respectively favoured by low rates of ammonium supply, equivalent to application of slow-release fertiliser, or high rates of supply, equivalent to addition of high concentrations of inorganic ammonium or urea. These differences between AOA and AOB provide the potential for better fertilisation strategies that could both increase fertiliser use efficiency and reduce N2 O emissions from agricultural soils. This article reviews research on the biochemistry, physiology and ecology of ammonia oxidisers and discusses the consequences for ammonia oxidiser communities subjected to different agricultural practices and the ways in which this knowledge, coupled with improved methods for characterising communities, might lead to improved fertiliser use efficiency and mitigation of N2 O emissions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Cruickshank Building, St. Machar Drive, Aberdeen, AB24 3UU, UK.Institute of Microbiology, Leibniz University Hannover, Herrenhäuser Straβe 2, 30419, Hannover, Germany.Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Cruickshank Building, St. Machar Drive, Aberdeen, AB24 3UU, UK.Laboratoire Ampère, École Centrale de Lyon, Université de Lyon, 36 avenue Guy de Collongue, 69134, Ecully CEDEX, France.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31638306

Citation

Prosser, James I., et al. "Nitrous Oxide Production By Ammonia Oxidisers: Physiological Diversity, Niche Differentiation and Potential Mitigation Strategies." Global Change Biology, 2019.
Prosser JI, Hink L, Gubry-Rangin C, et al. Nitrous oxide production by ammonia oxidisers: Physiological diversity, niche differentiation and potential mitigation strategies. Glob Chang Biol. 2019.
Prosser, J. I., Hink, L., Gubry-Rangin, C., & Nicol, G. W. (2019). Nitrous oxide production by ammonia oxidisers: Physiological diversity, niche differentiation and potential mitigation strategies. Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.14877.
Prosser JI, et al. Nitrous Oxide Production By Ammonia Oxidisers: Physiological Diversity, Niche Differentiation and Potential Mitigation Strategies. Glob Chang Biol. 2019 Oct 22; PubMed PMID: 31638306.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Nitrous oxide production by ammonia oxidisers: Physiological diversity, niche differentiation and potential mitigation strategies. AU - Prosser,James I, AU - Hink,Linda, AU - Gubry-Rangin,Cécile, AU - Nicol,Graeme W, Y1 - 2019/10/22/ PY - 2019/10/23/entrez KW - agriculture KW - archaeal ammonia oxidisers KW - bacterial ammonia oxidisers KW - marine KW - nitrification KW - nitrous oxide emissions KW - soil JF - Global change biology JO - Glob Chang Biol N2 - Oxidation of ammonia to nitrite by bacteria and archaea is responsible for global emissions of nitrous oxide directly and indirectly through provision of nitrite and, after further oxidation, nitrate to denitrifiers. Their contributions to increasing N2 O emissions are greatest in terrestrial environments, due to the dramatic and continuing increases in use of ammonia-based fertilisers, which have been driven by requirement for increased food production, but which also provide a source of energy for ammonia oxidisers, leading to an imbalance in the terrestrial nitrogen cycle. Direct N2 O production by ammonia oxidisers results from several metabolic processes, sometimes combined with abiotic reactions. Physiological characteristics, including mechanisms for N2 O production, vary within and between ammonia oxidising archaea (AOA) and bacteria (AOB) and comammox bacteria and N2 O yield of AOB is higher than in the last two groups. There is also strong evidence for niche differentiation between AOA and AOB with respect to environmental conditions in natural and engineered environments. In particular, AOA are favoured by low soil pH and AOA and AOB are respectively favoured by low rates of ammonium supply, equivalent to application of slow-release fertiliser, or high rates of supply, equivalent to addition of high concentrations of inorganic ammonium or urea. These differences between AOA and AOB provide the potential for better fertilisation strategies that could both increase fertiliser use efficiency and reduce N2 O emissions from agricultural soils. This article reviews research on the biochemistry, physiology and ecology of ammonia oxidisers and discusses the consequences for ammonia oxidiser communities subjected to different agricultural practices and the ways in which this knowledge, coupled with improved methods for characterising communities, might lead to improved fertiliser use efficiency and mitigation of N2 O emissions. SN - 1365-2486 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31638306/Nitrous_oxide_production_by_ammonia_oxidisers:_Physiological_diversity,_niche_differentiation_and_potential_mitigation_strategies L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14877 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -