Which one of the following is a wrong statement ?
A. Phosphorus is constituent of cell membranes in the form of phospholipids and also present in nucleic acids as phosphate in the sugar-phosphate backbone.
B. Nitrosomonas and Nitrobacter are nitrifying bacteria. These bacteria derive energy by oxidizing inorganic nitrogenous compounds. Hence, they are called chemoautotrophs.
C. Anabaena and Nostoc are cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae). They are free-living bacteria and can fix nitrogen because they have specialized cells called heterocysts with the help of which they can fix atmospheric nitrogen.
D. Root nodule forming nitrogen-fixing microbes live freely in the soil as aerobes. They form a symbiotic association with the roots of plants when some chemicals or factors are released by the plants. For example, Rhizobium.
Hence, statement A is incorrect.
So, the correct answer is 'Phosphorus is a constituent of cell membranes, certain nucleic acids, and all proteins'.