Dimethyl sulfide production: what is the contribution of the coccolithophores?

  • Gill Malin
  • Michael Steinke
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Summary

It is hard to find a research paper or book on coccolithophores that does not include a few sentences on the role of this fascinating and enigmatic marine phytoplankton group in the production of dimethyl sulfide ((CH3)2S; DMS). Our aim here is to provide some general background information on DMS for non-specialists, but also to highlight current knowledge and what we believe to be significant gaps, for those with a specific interest in coccolithophores, other haptophytes and DMS.

Keywords

Biomass Dust DMSO Dimethyl Methionine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gill Malin
    • 1
  • Michael Steinke
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

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