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Trends Ecol Evol. 1993 Jun;8(6):209-13. doi: 10.1016/0169-5347(93)90101-T.

Are viruses important partners in pelagic fend webs?

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Dept of Microbiology and Plant Physiology, University of Bergen, lahnebakken 5, N-5020 Bergen, Norway, USA.


Viruses have been assumed to play a rather negligible role as partners in microbial food web dynamics. However, recent discoveries suggest that the rate of virally induced lysis of marine microbial populations may be significant. This, in turn, may have important consequences for the developing conceptual framework of the microbial food web.

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