Virus decay and its causes in coastal waters.

  title={Virus decay and its causes in coastal waters.},
  author={Rachel T Noble and Jed A. Fuhrman},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={63 1},
Recent evidence suggests that viruses play an influential role within the marine microbial food web. To understand this role, it is important to determine rates and mechanisms of virus removal and degradation. We used plaque assays to examine the decay of infectivity in lab-grown viruses seeded into natural seawater. The rates of loss of infectivity of native viruses from Santa Monica Bay and of nonnative viruses from the North Sea in the coastal seawater of Santa Monica Bay were determined… CONTINUE READING
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