Marine Viruses



In the past several decades, marine virology has progressed from an interesting finding to an important scientific field, which has attracted more and more attention. As the most abundant biological entities in the oceans, viruses have been well characterized. We have preliminary understandings of marine viruses in morphological structure, composition, and ecological function and then have made some breakthroughs in diversity and abundance of deep-sea viruses. The world’s ocean is estimated to contain more than 1030 viruses that play critical roles in the structuring of marine communities, in ocean processes, and in biogeochemical cycles through their interactions with all types of marine organisms. At present, the known represented marine viruses are classified into 8 orders and 26 families according to the ICTV Report, while much more viruses are still unknown. Marine viruses can be efficient “killers” for their hosts. Due to the long-term evolution, however, marine bacteriophages can encode auxiliary metabolic genes and metabolic compensated genes to regulate microbial metabolism, helping the hosts better survive in various marine environments.


Marine virus Community composition Bacteria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Oceanology and College of Animal SciencesFujian Agriculture and Forestry UniversityFuzhouChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Marine Genetic ResourceThird Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural ResourcesXiamenChina
  3. 3.College of Life SciencesZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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