Biological oceanography: Sulphur, climate and the microbial maze

Malin, Gillian ORCID: (1997) Biological oceanography: Sulphur, climate and the microbial maze. Nature, 387 (6636). pp. 857-859.

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It might seem strange that marine algae and climate are linked, but there is a connection and it occurs through the production of a compound which breaks down to release volatile dimethyl sulphide — DMS, (CH3)2S — and acrylic acid. Formation of the volatile trace gas has implications that go far beyond the level of an individual cell or microbial population, because DMS is a key compound in the global sulphur cycle and its oxidation products influence atmospheric acidity, as well as cloud formation and the Earth's temperature1. The compound in question is dimethylsulphoniopropionate (DMSP), which algae synthesize to help maintain their osmotic balance with sea water.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2011 07:10
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 02:03
DOI: 10.1038/43075

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