Friday, August 22, 2014

Viruses Take Down Massive Algal Blooms, with Big Implications for Climate

Humans are increasingly dependent on algae to suck up climate-warming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and sink it to the bottom of the ocean.  Now, by using a combination of satellite imagery and laboratory experiments, researchers have evidence showing that viruses infecting those algae are driving the life-and-death dynamics of the algae's blooms, even when all else stays essentially the same, and this has important implications for our climate.

 Viruses take down massive algal blooms, with big implications for climate

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