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Re: Re: Nitrite (NO2) as a plant nutrient?

Scott writes:

<snip> >responsible for the conversion of ammonia/ammonium into nitrate in 
>  >water ecosystems is uncertain. 
>  Uncertain maybe, but we do know that Nitrobacter and Nitrosomonas are most 
> likely
>  the two genuses (hmmmm, is that the right word?)
Recent studies which I read about somewhere on one of the Aquarium web sites 
last fall (forgive me, I don't keep notes on all this stuff) could find no 
traces of Nitrobacter or Nitrosomonas bacteria in established aquarium 
biofilters.  The experiments used some kind of dyes specifically designed for 
locating and tagging these two bacteria.  Neither of these two genera (this 
is the right word) is involved in the nitrogen cycle long-term, although they 
are what is packaged in resting state form in the commercial products.  
Research continues as to specifically which nitrifying bacteria are at work.

>  So whether thse commercial preparations can
>  >do what they claim to is open to doubt. The second part of Kenny's answer,
>  that "overdosage or underdosage of these bacteria is definately harmful", 
>  >pure speculation on Kenny's part.
>  It is also speculation to say that these products do not work as claimed. I
>  do not use them but know several people who have had success with them. I 
> know
>  of no actual studies to prove that they are ineffective or effective.

They do work short-term, and allow the system time to establish the correct 
bacteria before the Nitrobacter and Nitrosomonas die out.

I think you guys have missed or forgotten the nature of the original post.  
It was about experimentation with high nitrite levels.  Instead of debating 
bacteria, I would like to know what ARTIFICIAL means was used in elevating 
NO2 levels for the experiment.

Bob Dixon