Viral ecology comes of age.

  title={Viral ecology comes of age.},
  author={Matthew B Sullivan and Joshua S. Weitz and Steven W Wilhelm},
  journal={Environmental microbiology reports},
  volume={9 1},
Just over a quarter century ago, two teams of microbial ecologists observed an unusually large number of “virus-like particles”, or VLPs, in lake and marine environments – thousands to millions of times higher than previous findings (1, 2). Subsequent observations confirmed this central finding and demonstrated that the majority of these VLPs were viruses resulting from the (largely) lysis of microbial cells. It follows then that viruses could have the potential to significantly influence the… CONTINUE READING