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Compare and contrast the nitrogen requirements of microorganisms and higher forms of life, describing how their respective requirements are met.

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The question is a simple problem that is often asked in high school and first year college courses in biology. Why is nitrogen important to microbes and higher organisms? And, how is nitrogen cycled through the environment? The solution is a two paragraph answer that names the processes that are involved in nitrogen cycling. This should provide a start in your quest to understand nitrogen and it's importance.

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Nitrogen is required for all organisms to live and grow because it is the essential component of DNA, RNA, and protein. However, most organisms cannot use atmospheric nitrogen (N2), the largest reservoir. In fact, over 70% of the air we breathe is composed of ...

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