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[*] posted on 27-10-2005 at 06:49
Bacterial Hydrazine

Saw this:

...and figured it qualified as Mad Science. Someone here will find it interesting I'm sure.

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[*] posted on 27-10-2005 at 13:31

Ammonia to hydrazine. Very interesting.

I wonder if this could turn out to be a viable alternative to the standard routes of synthesis? Take a couple of pounds of a cheap ammonium salt, add some kind of food, some micronutrients, and ferment. Or is there some catch I'm not seeing?

Perhaps someone with more biochemistry skill could post their thoughts?
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[*] posted on 27-10-2005 at 15:34

From that article I did not understand whether the bacteria produce hydrazine and ammonia, or if hydrazine is only an intermediate in the bacteria's conversion of ammonia to nitrogen, and none is actually secreted. If they are actually producing hydrazine, and the bacteria are being used to detoxify sewage by removal of ammonia, I imagine the sewage would be more toxic with hydrazine than with ammonia.

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