Predation on prokaryotes in the water column and its ecological implications

  title={Predation on prokaryotes in the water column and its ecological implications},
  author={Jakob Pernthaler},
  journal={Nature Reviews Microbiology},
The oxic realms of freshwater and marine environments are zones of high prokaryotic mortality. Lysis by viruses and predation by ciliated and flagellated protists result in the consumption of microbial biomass at approximately the same rate as it is produced. Protist predation can favour or suppress particular bacterial species, and the successful microbial groups in the water column are those that survive this selective grazing pressure. In turn, aquatic bacteria have developed various… CONTINUE READING
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