Product Code TM 665
The bulk of soil sulphur is in the organic form which is metabolized by soil microorganisms to make it available in an inorganic state for plant nutrition. Sulphur is bound in organic state in proteins of vegetable and animal origin and in the protoplasm of microorganisms in the form of sulphur containing amino acids (cystine and methionine) and B-vitamins. The conversion of organically bound sulphur to the inorganic state is termed as mineralization of sulphur and is mediated through microorganisms. The sulphur thus released is either absorbed by plants or escapes to the atmosphere in the form of oxides. In the absence of oxygen, certain microorganisms produce hydrogen sulphide from organic sulphur substrates especially in water logged soils. Sulphur bacteria or sulphate reducing bacteria comprise several groups of bacteria that use inorganic sulphate as an oxidizing agent and reduce it to hydrogen sulphide. This may diminish the availability of sulphur for plant nutrition and thus influence agricultural production. Desulfovibrio species belonging to this class of bacteria is an obligate anaerobe, capable of producing hydrogen sulphide at a rapid rate. Asparagine Gelatin Lactate Medium is used for the isolation of sulphur bacteria.
for isolation of sulphur bacteria
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