Title

Seasonal and diurnal cycles of dimethylsulfide, dimethylsulfoniopropionate and dimethylsulfoxide at One Tree Reef lagoon

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Broadbent, A & Jones, GB 2006, 'Seasonal and diurnal cycles of dimethylsulfide, dimethylsulfoniopropionate and dimethylsulfoxide at One Tree Reef lagoon', Environmental Chemistry, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 260-267.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/EN06011

Abstract

Seasonal and diurnal studies conducted at One Tree Reef lagoon in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) highlight increased production of dissolved dimethylsulfide, atmospheric dimethylsulfide, dissolved and particulate dimethylsulfoniopropionate, and dimethylsulfoxide during the summer months, and when the lagoon is moated with inter-reefal water. This production is due to both the growth of phytoplankton populations within the lagoon, and benthic corals and algae in or on sediments and attached to solid substrates. The relative importance of these two processes was not determined in this study, although benthic production from corals was shown to be significant in chamber experiments. The diurnal cycles of the organic sulfur substances measured at One Tree Reef provide unequivocal evidence that coral reefs produce significant quantities of these organic sulfur substances during the day and suggest that coral reefs could be significant sources of atmospheric dimethylsulfide.