Researchers detect viruses in algal blooms' life cycles

08/21/2014 |

Researchers studying algal blooms in the North Atlantic have found evidence of viruses that they theorize keep algae growth in check, according to a study published in Current Biology. Algae are an important ocean food source and also are responsible for about half of all of Earth's photosynthesis, and researchers want to understand the processes behind algal blooms and their impact on climate. "This is a huge step toward understanding the ecology in its natural scale," said Ilan Koren of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the study's co-principal investigator.

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