Virus succession observed during an Emiliania huxleyi bloom

Declan C. Schroeder, Joanne Oke, Matthew Hall, Gillian Malin, William H. Wilson

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Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis was used as a molecular tool to determine the diversity and to monitor population dynamics of viruses that infect the globally important coccolithophorid Emiliania huxleyi. We exploited variations in the major capsid protein gene from E. huxleyi-specific viruses to monitor their genetic diversity during an E. huxleyi bloom in a mesocosm experiment off western Norway. We reveal that, despite the presence of several virus genotypes at the start of an E. huxleyi bloom, only a few virus genotypes eventually go on to kill the bloom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2484-2490
Number of pages7
JournalApplied and environmental microbiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2003


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