Volume No. 3 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 784-789 Jan-Mar 2009

 

NITROGEN FIXING ACTINOMYCETES FROM THE SALINE ALKALINE ENVIRONMENT OF LONAR LAKE : A METEORITE IMPACT CRATER

 

Avinash A. Raut* and Shyam S. Bajekal

Department of Microbiology, Yashwantrao Chavan College of Science, Karad, Vidyanagar, Karad- 415 124. Dist: - Satara. Maharashtra (INDIA)

 

Received on : November 27, 2008

 

ABSTRACT

 

Nitrogen fixation represents one mechanism by which biologically available nitrogen enters ecosystems. Nitrogen is required by all life forms in large amounts as an essential component of proteins, nucleic acids and other cellular constituents. Biological nitrogen fixation is a significant process of entry of nitrogen into an ecosystem and many nonsymbiotic microbial species play a major role in this. In an aquatic ecosystem the major regions where this activity occurs are in the benthic and the littoral zones.
Lonar Lake is a saline alkaline closed basin lake in a meteorite impact crater formed some 50,000 years ago, near the village of Lonar in Buldhana district of Maharashtra, India (Lat. 190 58

 

Keywords : Benthic, Littoral, Meteorite, Nonsymbiotic, Nitrogen fixing actinomycetes

 

 

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