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Major viral impact on the functioning of benthic deep-sea ecosystems
Viruses are the most abundant biological organisms of the world’s oceans. Viral infections are a substantial source of mortality in a range of organisms—including autotrophic and heterotrophicExpand
Deep-Sea Biodiversity in the Mediterranean Sea: The Known, the Unknown, and the Unknowable
Deep-sea ecosystems represent the largest biome of the global biosphere, but knowledge of their biodiversity is still scant. The Mediterranean basin has been proposed as a hot spot of terrestrial andExpand
Exponential Decline of Deep-Sea Ecosystem Functioning Linked to Benthic Biodiversity Loss
BACKGROUND Recent investigations suggest that biodiversity loss might impair the functioning and sustainability of ecosystems. Although deep-sea ecosystems are the most extensive on Earth, representExpand
Marine viruses and global climate change.
Sea-surface warming, sea-ice melting and related freshening, changes in circulation and mixing regimes, and ocean acidification induced by the present climate changes are modifying marine ecosystemExpand
Large-Scale Spatial Distribution of Virioplankton in the Adriatic Sea: Testing the Trophic State Control Hypothesis
ABSTRACT Little is known concerning environmental factors that may control the distribution of virioplankton on large spatial scales. In previous studies workers reported high viral levels inExpand
Viriobenthos in freshwater and marine sediments : a review
1. Viruses are the most abundant biological entities on the planet, and sediments provide a highly suitable environment for them. This review presents the first comparative synthesis of informationExpand
Sunscreens Cause Coral Bleaching by Promoting Viral Infections
Background Coral bleaching (i.e., the release of coral symbiotic zooxanthellae) has negative impacts on biodiversity and functioning of reef ecosystems and their production of goods and services.Expand
Viral abundance and distribution in mesopelagic and bathypelagic waters of the Mediterranean Sea
Despite the fact that marine viruses have been increasingly investigated in the last decade, knowledge on virus abundance, biomass and distribution in mesopelagic and bathypelagic waters is limited.Expand
Benthic deep-sea fungi in submarine canyons of the Mediterranean Sea
Abstract Fungi are ubiquitous components of microbial assemblages in aquatic ecosystems, but their quantitative relevance, ecological role and diversity in benthic deep-sea ecosystems are stillExpand
Microplastics in the sediments of Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica).
This is the first survey to investigate the occurrence and extent of plastic contamination in sediments collected in Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica). Plastic debris extracted from 31 samples ofExpand