Viral infection plays a key role in extracellular DNA dynamics in marine anoxic systems

@article{Corinaldesi2007ViralIP,
  title={Viral infection plays a key role in extracellular DNA dynamics in marine anoxic systems},
  author={Cinzia Corinaldesi and Antonio Dell'Anno and Roberto Danovaro},
  journal={Limnology and Oceanography},
  year={2007},
  volume={52}
}
To investigate the role of viruses in extracellular DNA production through cell lysis, we selected two systems where viruses are expected to be the main component controlling prokaryote dynamics. These systems include anoxic subsuperficial coastal sediments and water and sediments of two deep‐hypersaline anoxic basins (i.e., DHABs) of the eastern Mediterranean. Viral production was high in both places. Viruses were responsible for 10–60% of prokaryote mortality in anoxic sediments and up to 100… 

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