Coupling of dimethylsulfide oxidation to biomass production by a Marine Flavobacterium

David H. Green*, Damodar M. Shenoy, Mark C. Hart, Angela D. Hatton

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Dimethylsulfide (DMS) is an important climatically active gas. In the sea, DMS is produced primarily by microbial metabolism of the compatible solute dimethylsulfoniopropionate. Laboratory growth of Bacteroidetes with DMS resulted in its oxidation to dimethyl sulfoxide but only in the presence of glucose. We hypothesized that electrons liberated from sulfur oxidation were used to augment biomass production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3137-3140
Number of pages4
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomass
  • Flavobacterium/growth & development
  • Oxidation-Reduction
  • Seawater/microbiology
  • Sulfides/metabolism


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