Scientists discover key #gene for producing marine molecule with huge #environmental impacts

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Researchers have discovered a key gene for the synthesis of one of the world’s most abundant sulfur molecules — Dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP). DMSP is an important nutrient in marine environments with more than one billion tonnes produced annually by marine phytoplankton, seaweed and bacteria. The discovery represents a huge step forward in the field of sulfur cycling in marine environments. It could also allow scientists to better predict the impact of climate change on DMSP production.

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