Percent of bacterial biotic carbon pool in the oceans that are viruses

Value 5 % of the carbon of bacteria
Organism Biosphere
Reference Weinbauer MG. Ecology of prokaryotic viruses. FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2004 May28(2):127-81. p.163 left column top paragraphPubMed ID15109783
Primary Source Wilhelm, S.W. and Suttle, C.A. (1999) Viruses and nutrient cycles in the Sea. Bioscience 49, 781–788. AND Weinbauer, M., Herndl, G. (2002) Viruses and heterotrophic microplankton. In: Marine Ecology (Duarte, C.M., Ed.) Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss publishers, Oxford, UK,
Comments "Viruses represent a significant biotic carbon pool in the ocean [1st primary source], which represents 5% of the carbon of bacteria and is 25-fold higher than the carbon pool of protists [2nd primary source]."
Entered by Uri M
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