Published Online: 11 MAR 2004
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Burris, R. H. 2004. Nitrogen Fixation. eLS. .
- Published Online: 11 MAR 2004
Nitrogen fixation is the process by which nitrogen in the atmosphere is converted into a more active form that can be used by plants. Symbiotic biological nitrogen fixation occurs in leguminous and nonleguminous plants, and nitrogen is also fixed biologically by free-living and associative nitrogen fixers.