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Garden with Insight v1.0 Help: anaerobic

Anything anaerobic does not require oxygen. Anaerobic chemical reactions take place in the absence of oxygen, and anaerobic organisms can survive without oxygen. Actually, anaerobic organisms can be further classified as facultative (the less oxygen the better) or obligate (they will die or go into dormancy in the presence of oxygen).

In this simulation anaerobic soil bacteria convert nitrate to ammonia in denitrification, though in reality they do many other things. Actually denitrification is bad from the point of view of plants, since they can take up nitrate much more easily than ammonia, so an increase in soil anaerobes is normally something gardeners work against.

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