What is the process by which nitrogen gas is converted to nitrate - the form of nitrogen that plants can use?

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Jul 1, 2016

#N_2(g) + 6H_2O rarr 2NO_3^(-) + 12H^(+) + 10e^-#


Zerovalent dinitrogen gas is oxidized to #N^(V+)#. This is the process of dinitrogen fixation. A few model systems now exist that model the (reduction to ammonia) process convincingly.