Rate of viral infection in world seas

Value 1E+23 Infections/sec
Organism Biosphere
Reference Suttle CA. Marine viruses-major players in the global ecosystem. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2007 Oct5(10):801-12.PubMed ID17853907
Comments Abstract: "Every second, approximately 10^23 viral infections occur in the ocean. These infections are a major source of mortality, and cause disease in a range of organisms, from shrimp to whales. As a result, viruses influence the composition of marine communities and are a major force behind biogeochemical cycles."
Entered by Uri M
ID 102753