Weitz Group @ Georgia Tech Theoretical Ecology and Quantitative Biology

Weitz co-authors F1000 Biology Report on Ocean Viruses

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Joshua Weitz and Steve Wilhelm (UT-Knoxville) co-authored a report on ocean viruses and their effect on microbial communities and ecosystem functions in F1000 Biology Reports. The report describes the functional role of viruses within oceanic waters. In doing so, we highlight knowns, unknowns and challenges in three areas: (i) the role of ocean viruses in shaping microbial community composition; (ii) the role of ocean viruses in determining carbon and nutrient availability; (iii) modelling efforts to link viral infection of microbes with ecosystem-scale consequences.

The development of this report was facilitated by funding from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, NSF and a NIMBioS working group on Ocean Viral Dynamics.