Nitrogen Fixation: Its Scope and Importance.- Aspects of Biochemistry and Genetics.- Reactions and Physicochemical Properties of the Nitrogenase MoFe Proteins.- Mössbauer Investigation of Nitrogenase.- Iron-Molybdenum Cofactor and Its Complementary Protein from Mutant Organisms.- Genetics of Nitrogen Fixation in Free-Living Organisms.- Biochemical Genetics of Nitrogen Fixation in Rhizobium.- Regulation and Control of Nitrogenase Activity.- Chemical Aspects.- Thiomolybdates and Thiotungstates: Their Properties and Role as Ligands in Coordination Chemistry.- The Chemistry of the Fe-M-S Complexes (M=Mo,W).- Iron-Molybdenum-Sulfur Clusters.- Dinitrogen Complexes and Their Reactions.- Structures of Complexes of Reduced Nitrogen Ligands.- Overview of 95Mo NMR.- Multisulfur Metal Sites in Enzymes, Complexes, Clusters and Solids: Possible Relevance for Nitrogenase.- List of Contributors.
This volume constitutes the proceedings of an international meeting held from June 28 to July 1, 1981, at Zif, Zentrum far Interdisziplin~re Forschung an der Universit~t Bielefeld, West Germany. The meeting was one of a continuing series organized through Zif on topics which transcend the boundaries of the traditional academic disciplines. The almost exponentially growing area of nitrogen fixation research fits this criterion completely. It is, however, so broad that we oriented and focused the meeting on just the chemical, biochemical, and genetic aspects to maximize the interaction among the participants and to produce a volume which would serve as a reference source for the involved researcher, the newly interested scientist and those with a more casual interest. The meeting was generously supported by Zif, the Westf~lisch Lippische Universit~tsgesellschaft, and the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie. We sincerely thank these organizations for their generosity and interest and for recognizing the importance of nitrogen fixation research for the future of mankind.
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