The "Cheshire Cat" escape strategy of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi in response to viral infection.

@article{Frada2008TheC,
  title={The "Cheshire Cat" escape strategy of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi in response to viral infection.},
  author={Miguel J. Frada and Ian Probert and Michael J. Allen and William H. Wilson and Colomban de Vargas},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2008},
  volume={105 41},
  pages={15944-9}
}
The coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi is one of the most successful eukaryotes in modern oceans. The two phases in its haplodiploid life cycle exhibit radically different phenotypes. The diploid calcified phase forms extensive blooms, which profoundly impact global biogeochemical equilibria. By contrast, the ecological role of the noncalcified haploid phase has been completely overlooked. Giant phycodnaviruses (Emiliania huxleyi viruses, EhVs) have been shown to infect and lyse diploid-phase… CONTINUE READING