Ocean algae get ‘coup de grace’ from viruses: Viruses don’t immediately kill algae but live in harmony with them

ScienceDaily | Sep 15, 2020 at 8:32 PM
  • The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, will likely change how scientists view viral infections of algae, also known as phytoplankton — especially the impact of viruses on ecosystem processes like algal bloom formation (and decline) and the cycling of carbon and other chemicals on Earth.
  • A group of ocean viruses called coccolithoviruses routinely infect and kill E. huxleyi over 1,000 square miles.
  • Instead, infected cells multiply and bloom across dozens of miles of ocean waters and die in a coordinated manner.