The University of East Anglia (UEA) is investigating at Worstead Estate

Jon Todd’s group at the University of East Anglia (UEA) is investigating the production of a molecule called DMSP on the estate.

Jon Todd’s group at the University of East Anglia (UEA) is investigating the production of a molecule called DMSP on the estate. DMSP helps plants survive hikes in salinity, fend off herbivores and it is a source of gases that impact atmospheric chemistry and contribute to cooling the climate. DMSP is widely believed to be only produced in coastal and marine settings. However, initial work from Jon’s group shows that maize growing on our estate at Worstead produces these influential molecules. ⁠

At Worstead Estate we have such a vast diversity of plants. Jon’s team at UEA is looking into the ability of diverse plants to produce DMSP and climate-cooling gases and how their production might change in a future climate. This is a hugely exciting research project that we hope will have a positive impact on climate change.

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