Marine viruses — major players in the global ecosystem

  title={Marine viruses — major players in the global ecosystem},
  author={C. Suttle},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
  • C. Suttle
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Nature Reviews Microbiology
  • Viruses are by far the most abundant 'lifeforms' in the oceans and are the reservoir of most of the genetic diversity in the sea. The estimated 1030 viruses in the ocean, if stretched end to end, would span farther than the nearest 60 galaxies. Every second, approximately 1023 viral infections occur in the ocean. These infections are a major source of mortality, and cause disease in a range of organisms, from shrimp to whales. As a result, viruses influence the composition of marine communities… CONTINUE READING

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