The origin of DMS(P)cies: a survey of the sources and sinks of the two dimethylated sulphur compounds ß-dimethylsulphoniopropionate (DMSP) and dimethylsulphide (DMS)

Richard Leendert Jan Kwint

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Dimethylsulphide (DMS), is a ubiquitous trace gas, derived from the precursor B-dimethyl-sulphoniopropionate (DMSP), which is produced by many marine algae. The function of DMSP in algae is still under discussion; it has been suggested that DMSP acts as a compatible solute under nitrogen limited conditions. Furthermore, due to its enzyme stabilizing properties DMSP may act as a cryoprotectant for algae living in polar ice. Finally, DMSP is a source of acrylic acid, a compound that in high concentrations (170uM to 170uM) shows antibacterial activity. ... Zie: Summary
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • Harder, W, Supervisor
  • Dijkhuizen, Lubbert, Supervisor
Award date31-Jan-1997
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Proefschriften (vorm)
  • Wieren
  • Dimethylsulfide
  • 42.30

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