Marine viruses: truth or dare.

  title={Marine viruses: truth or dare.},
  author={Mya Breitbart},
  journal={Annual review of marine science},
  • M. Breitbart
  • Published 2012
  • Environmental Science
  • Annual review of marine science
Over the past two decades, marine virology has progressed from a curiosity to an intensely studied topic of critical importance to oceanography. At concentrations of approximately 10 million viruses per milliliter of surface seawater, viruses are the most abundant biological entities in the oceans. The majority of these viruses are phages (viruses that infect bacteria). Through lysing their bacterial hosts, marine phages control bacterial abundance, affect community composition, and impact… 

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