Re-examination of the relationship between marine virus and microbial cell abundances

  title={Re-examination of the relationship between marine virus and microbial cell abundances},
  author={Charles H. Wigington and Derek L. Sonderegger and Corina P. D. Brussaard and Alison Buchan and Jan F. Finke and Jed A. Fuhrman and Jay T. Lennon and Mathias Middelboe and C. Suttle and Charles A. Stock and William H. Wilson and K. Eric Wommack and Steven W. Wilhelm and Joshua S. Weitz},
  journal={Nature Microbiology},
Marine viruses are critical drivers of ocean biogeochemistry, and their abundances vary spatiotemporally in the global oceans, with upper estimates exceeding 108 per ml. Over many years, a consensus has emerged that virus abundances are typically tenfold higher than microbial cell abundances. However, the true explanatory power of a linear relationship and its robustness across diverse ocean environments is unclear. Here, we compile 5,671 microbial cell and virus abundance estimates from 25… 
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