The role of sunlight in the removal and repair of viruses in the sea

@article{Wilhelm1998TheRO,
  title={The role of sunlight in the removal and repair of viruses in the sea},
  author={Steven W. Wilhelm and Markus G. Weinbauer and C. Suttle and Wade H. Jeffrey},
  journal={Limnology and Oceanography},
  year={1998},
  volume={43}
}
We investigated the in situ destruction rates of marine viral particles as well as the decay rates of infectivity for viral isolates along an ~400‐km transect from oligotrophic offshore waters to productive coastal waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Light‐mediated decay rates of viral infectivity averaged over the solar day ranged from 0.7 to 0.85 h−1 in surface waters at all stations and decreased with depth in proportion to the attenuation of UVB (305 nm). The destruction rates of viral particles… 

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