Draft 1: Microbial Ecologies: The role of viruses in the marine environment

This discussion topic submitted by Doug Escribano ( douglas.escribano@gs.com) at 8:38 am on 1/8/01. Additions were last made on Saturday, May 4, 2002.

Oceanographic research in the 1970's and 80's found that marine viruses measured approximately 10 billion per liter. This data raised the question of whether something so abundant in seawater had a more fundamental role in marine ecologies than previously thought. Current research indicates that these particles appear to be part of the normal fauna of oceans and play an essential role in the environment. Marine viruses are part of a microbial loop and are seen as primary producers in the food chain. The focus of this presentation/paper will be the role of marine viruses in the microbial loop and its interactions with phytoplankton including cyanobacteria and algae. Viruses impact many ecological processes including nutrient cycling and carbon recycling within in marine environment.


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