Estimates of viral abundance in soils are strongly influenced by extraction and enumeration methods

  title={Estimates of viral abundance in soils are strongly influenced by extraction and enumeration methods},
  author={Kurt E. Williamson and Krysten A. Corzo and Camelia L. Drissi and Jasmyn M. Buckingham and Charleton P. Thompson and Rebekah R. Helton},
  journal={Biology and Fertility of Soils},
Viruses are highly abundant in temperate soils, ranging from 107 to 109 g−1, and outnumbering soil bacteria from 5- to over 1,000-fold. In order to determine the potential impacts of viruses on soil microbial communities, it is important to establish reliable methods for comparing changes in viral abundances within and across soil samples. The goals of this study were to optimize extraction-enumeration methods to accurately determine viral abundances in a range of soil types, to evaluate the… CONTINUE READING
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