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What controls virus dynamics in global ocean microbial ecosystems?

David Talmy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Fri, March 23, 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am

Video Broadcast

Host: Patrick Heimbach

Viral infection in microbial ecosystems influences carbon and nutrient flow throughout the global ocean. In this presentation, simple biophysical and metabolic controls on viral interactions with bacterial and algal hosts will be considered. These insights will be used to explore virus dynamics in a microbial ecosystem model, embedded in a global ocean general circulation framework. The model predicts virus abundance patterns qualitatively consistent with large-scale variation in ocean color, and primary productivity. Results will be presented from a case study in the North Atlantic, exploring competition among viruses that infect the marine calcifier Emiliania Huxleyi. The coupled framework is a base on which to consider virus impacts on global carbon cycling and biogeochemistry.