Benthic and pelagic viral decay experiments: a model-based analysis and its applicability.

  title={Benthic and pelagic viral decay experiments: a model-based analysis and its applicability.},
  author={Ulrike R. Fischer and Willy Weisz and Claudia Wieltschnig and Alexander Kirschner and Branko Velimirov},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={70 11},
The viral decay in sediments, that is, the decrease in benthic viral concentration over time, was recorded after inhibiting the production of new viruses. Assuming that the viral abundance in an aquatic system remains constant and that viruses from lysed bacterial cells replace viruses lost by decay, the decay of viral particles can be used as a measure of viral production. Decay experiments showed that this approach is a useful tool to assess benthic viral production. However, the time course… CONTINUE READING

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