Marine Viruses

  • Corina P.D. Brussaard
  • Anne-Claire Baudoux
  • Francisco Rodríguez-Valera


With an estimated global abundance of 1030, viruses represent the most abundant biological entities in the ocean. There is emergent awareness that viruses represent a driving force not only for the genetic evolution of the microbial world but also the functioning marine ecosystems. Culture studies advance our understanding how viruses regulate host population dynamics, but retrieving virus and host in pure culture can be difficult. Recent developments in high-throughput sequencing provide insights into the diversity and complexity of viral populations. This chapter describes current milestones in the burgeoning field of marine viral ecology, including the different aspects of marine viral action, viral diversity, ecological and biogeochemical implications of marine viruses, the cultivation of virus-host systems, and biotechnological applications of these astonishing microorganisms.


Ballast Water Burst Size Host Culture Phage Therapy Lytic Cycle 
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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 311975. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Corina P.D. Brussaard
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anne-Claire Baudoux
    • 3
  • Francisco Rodríguez-Valera
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and BiogeochemistryNIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea ResearchDen BurgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Aquatic MicrobiologyInstitute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Université de Paris 06, CNRS, Adaptation et Diversité en Milieu Marin (AD2M UMR7144)RoscoffFrance
  4. 4.Evolutionary Genomics GroupUniversidad Miguel HernandezAlicanteSpain

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