Viral Control of Phytoplankton Populations—a Review1

@inproceedings{Brussaard2004ViralCO,
  title={Viral Control of Phytoplankton Populations—a Review1},
  author={Corina P. D. Brussaard},
  booktitle={The Journal of eukaryotic microbiology},
  year={2004}
}
  • C. Brussaard
  • Published in
    The Journal of eukaryotic…
    1 March 2004
  • Environmental Science
Abstract Phytoplankton population dynamics are the result of imbalances between reproduction and losses. Losses include grazing, sinking, and natural mortality. As the importance of microbes in aquatic ecology has been recognized, so has the potential significance of viruses as mortality agents for phytoplankton. The field of algal virus ecology is steadily changing and advancing as new viruses are isolated and new methods are developed for quantifying the impact of viruses on phytoplankton… 
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