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SAR11 viruses and defensive host strains.

Authors
  • Våge, Selina1
  • Storesund, Julia E
  • Thingstad, T Frede
  • 1 Department of Biology, University of Bergen, 5020 Bergen, Norway. [email protected] , (Norway)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nature
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Jul 25, 2013
Volume
499
Issue
7459
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/nature12387
PMID: 23887434
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Arising from Y. Zhao et al. Nature 494, 357–360 (2013). The recent findings of abundant SAR11 viruses by Zhao et al. are intriguing, and add new insight into the on-going discussion of why SAR11 bacteria are highly successful in the pelagic ocean. On the basis of high SAR11 virus abundance, Zhao et al. claim that SAR11 bacteria are competition specialists. Alternatively, we show here how their findings could be consistent with a dominance of defensive SAR11 strains. Considering their high abundance, understanding why SAR11 bacteria are so successful has important implications for the study of the pelagic ecosystem. There is a Reply to this Brief Communication Arising by Giovannoni, S., Temperton, B. & Zhao, Y. Nature 499, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature12388 (2013).

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