Rapid diversification of coevolving marine Synechococcus and a virus.

  title={Rapid diversification of coevolving marine Synechococcus and a virus.},
  author={Marcia F. Marston and Francis J. Pierciey and Alicia Shepard and Gary Gearin and Ji Qi and Chandri Yandava and Stephan C. Schuster and Matthew R. Henn and Jennifer B. Hughes Martiny},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={109 12},
Marine viruses impose a heavy mortality on their host bacteria, whereas at the same time the degree of viral resistance in marine bacteria appears to be high. Antagonistic coevolution--the reciprocal evolutionary change of interacting species--might reconcile these observations, if it leads to rapid and dynamic levels of viral resistance. Here we demonstrate the potential for extensive antagonistic coevolution between the ecologically important marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus and a lytic… CONTINUE READING
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