Articles | Volume 15, issue 3
Biogeosciences, 15, 809–819, 2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 809–819, 2018

Research article 09 Feb 2018

Research article | 09 Feb 2018

Virus-mediated transfer of nitrogen from heterotrophic bacteria to phytoplankton

Emma J. Shelford and Curtis A. Suttle

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This work demonstrates that lysis by viruses facilitates the transfer of nitrogen to phytoplankton in the ocean, and thus viruses are key players in nitrogen cycling in the oceans and in maintaining oxygen production by marine primary producers.
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