A team of researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) is conducting a study to determine the production of a “climate-cooling” gas in farmland fields in Norfolk, UK.
To gather data on the emissions of dimethylsulfide (DMS), solar-powered gas sensors have been installed in barley fields at Easton College.
DMS is generated through the breakdown of a molecule called dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) by soil microbes.
The UEA researchers are collaborating with Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Cranfield University for this project.
They aim to not only gain insights into the extent to which farmland serves as a source of DMS but also explore its potential implications for crop productivity and the development of climate change mitigation strategies.
The study holds promise for advancing our understanding of the role of agricultural activities in the production of climate-altering gases.
By investigating the emissions of DMS from farmland, the researchers hope to contribute to more effective agricultural practices and the development of innovative approaches to combat climate change.