High abundance of viruses found in aquatic environments

@article{Bergh1989HighAO,
  title={High abundance of viruses found in aquatic environments},
  author={{\O}. Bergh and Knut Yngve B{\O}rsheim and G. Bratbak and M. Heldal},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1989},
  volume={340},
  pages={467-468}
}
THE concentration of bacteriophages in natural unpolluted waters is in general believed to be low1,2, and they have therefore been considered ecologically unimportant3. Using a new method for quantitative enumeration, we have found up to 2.5 x IO8 virus particles per millilitre in natural waters. These concentrations indicate that virus infection may be an important factor in the ecological control of planktonic micro-organisms, and that viruses might mediate genetic exchange among bacteria in… Expand
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