The Ecology of Vibriophages

Distribution and Diversity of Vibrio spp. Viruses and their Hosts
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ISBN-13:
9783639041514
Einband:
Paperback
Seiten:
136
Autor:
André M. Comeau
Gewicht:
219 g
Format:
220x150x8 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This book focuses on viruses of a Vibrio species in order to serve as a model for heterotrophic host-
virus interactions in the marine environment. The
estimated 10^30 viruses in the ocean, if stretched
end to end, would span farther than the nearest 60
galaxies. This massive virioplankton exert
significant influence on marine phytoplankton and
bacteria. These effects include the reduction of
productivity through viral-mediated mortality, the
short-circuiting (virus shunt) of organic matter
back into the dissolved pool through lysis products,
mediating horizontal genetic exchange and lysogenic
conversion, and influencing the richness and
evenness (i.e.: overall diversity) of host
populations. It is the latter category of effects
which are centrally addressed in this book: What can
the distribution and the diversity of both virus and
host populations tell us about the host-virus
relationship?