Viruses Inhibit CO2 Fixation in the Most Abundant Phototrophs on Earth

  title={Viruses Inhibit CO2 Fixation in the Most Abundant Phototrophs on Earth},
  author={Richard J. Puxty and Andrew D. Millard and David John Evans and David John Scanlan},
  journal={Current Biology},
Marine picocyanobacteria of the genera Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus are the most numerous photosynthetic organisms on our planet [1, 2]. With a global population size of 3.6 × 10(27) [3], they are responsible for approximately 10% of global primary production [3, 4]. Viruses that infect Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus (cyanophages) can be readily isolated from ocean waters [5-7] and frequently outnumber their cyanobacterial hosts [8]. Ultimately, cyanophage-induced lysis of infected… CONTINUE READING
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