Abundant SAR11 viruses in the ocean

  title={Abundant SAR11 viruses in the ocean},
  author={Yanlin Zhao and Ben Temperton and J. Cameron Thrash and Michael S. Schwalbach and Kevin L. Vergin and Zachary Landry and Mark Ellisman and Thomas J. Deerinck and Matthew B. Sullivan and Stephen J. Giovannoni},
Several reports proposed that the extraordinary dominance of the SAR11 bacterial clade in ocean ecosystems could be a consequence of unusual mechanisms of resistance to bacteriophage infection, including ‘cryptic escape’ through reduced cell size and/or K-strategist defence specialism. Alternatively, the evolution of high surface-to-volume ratios coupled with minimal genomes containing high-affinity transporters enables unusually efficient metabolism for oxidizing dissolved organic matter in… 

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