Journal of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 32, Issue 8, pp 857–863 | Cite as

Modeling the role of viral disease in recurrent phytoplankton blooms

  • Edward Beltrami
  • T. O. Carroll


The recurrent pattern of some phytoplankton species can vary considerably from year to year. Recent experimental work suggests that the contamination of algal cells by viruses can serve as a regulatory mechanism in bloom dynamics. A simple trophic model is proposed that includes virus-induced mortality, and it mimics the actual bloom patterns of several species. The model results are compared to actual data by a combination of nonlinear forecasting techniques.

Key words

Phytoplankton Blooms Viral disease Trophic dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Beltrami
    • 1
  • T. O. Carroll
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied Mathematics, and the Marine Sciences Research CenterState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Harriman School of Management and the Institute for Pattern RecognitionState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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