Transformation and Degradation of Dimethyl Sulfide by Marine Microorganisms or by Their Products

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Three ways of the transformation and degradation of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) by marine microorganisms or by their products are reviewed. DMS is transformed to methyl mercaptan and formaldehyde under oxic conditions by some strains of sulfur oxidizing bacteria and methylotrophs. DMS is transformed to dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) under oxic conditions by the bacterium which utilizes DMS as a sulfur source, ammonia oxidizers, methanotrophs, and photosensitizers produced by marine algae. DMS is transformed or degraded under anoxic conditions by some strains of methanogens and phototrophic bacteria.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
JournalMicrobes and Environments
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science

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