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Ammonia producing bacteria/microbes

Postby octavian » Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:41 pm

Hi,

I am pretty new to the subject of biology but I have a question that has been bothering me for some time: are there any form of bacteria or microbe that produces ammonia or solutions with a high ammonia content as a bi product? And if so, at what rate and under what conditions?

I would be thrilled if anyone could answer these questions.

Thanks.
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Postby mith » Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:44 pm

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Postby octavian » Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:08 am

mith wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitrogenase


Thanks mith,
one more thing though, is there any way of stopping the process before the ammonia is bonded to glutamate and becomes glutamine thus getting pure ammonia?
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Postby mith » Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:04 pm

sorry, not a bac expert :D
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Re: Ammonia producing bacteria/microbes

Postby niftynev2005 » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:49 am

Octavian. I am currently battling a most annoying & chronic bacterial infection ( I think it's caused by a bacteria although I'm no microbiologist). It resides in the edges of my mouth within the flesh of my top lip. I also have a more localised ifection on my bottom lip. As I 'battle' this infection I can taste Ammonia! A by-product or component of this infection must involve the production of ammonia somehow. I definitely know what ammonia smells like, & definitely I sometimes do taste it!. Not a strong taste, but it's there.

It's coming up to the third year soon since it 'started', & now finally I feel like I have 'isolated' it enough to be able feel like it's end is approaching. It has been an unpleasant & sometimes painful experience, & I've had to learn, over time, how to destroy it. It has gone through many stages over time.

It takes a similar form similar to small kidney stones, embedded in the flesh of my mouth. The only way I have found to destroy this worthy adversary, is to rip it out & crush it between my teeth! It can make a very loud crunch sound like I'm chewing a mouthful of gravel!!

There is so much...much more on this alien that inhabits my mouth that I truly may have to write a 'paper' or article on it. For example, I was reading on the net that bacteria that produces ammonia can sometimes co-exist with a plant type life form so it may carry out it's 'hydrogenase' conversion process. I have pulled out 1.5mm 'kidney stone' looking crumbly rocks, as well as almost paper thin black shell-like pieces of around 2mm by 3mm as well. That's two different types of material I've removed from my mouth, kind of in line with the 'co-existence' theory perhaps?

I remember reading somewhere about a mouth crystal bacterial infection, but have never been able to find it again. At the time I read of it, my infection was not at the 'stage' of symptoms as described. It was just another set of symptoms that another particular infection would present. I was almost 'scanning' through a long list that I had found. What I do remember of it was that this infection was uncurable, & also that it said:..."if only you could get the crystals out".

I don"t have the name of this infection but would greatly appreciate any information anyone has.

It's definitely a bacteria that produces ammonia though!
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Re: Ammonia producing bacteria/microbes

Postby grhd76 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:49 pm

Perhaps these stones could be struvite?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struvite
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Re: Ammonia producing bacteria/microbes

Postby Nina666 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:58 am

Hi, some i know that some bacteria, or fungi in some cases, convert the organic nitrogen into ammonium (NH4+), a process called ammonification or mineralization. In some way, the can be called ammonium producers.
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