Rethinking role of viruses in coral reef ecosystems

Source: Science Daily

Viruses are thought to frequently kill their host bacteria, especially at high microbial density. A state called lysogeny, in which viruses lie dormant but don’t kill their hosts, has been thought to be relatively rare , mostly occurring at low bacterial concentrations. A new study suggests lysogeny might be much more common than previously believed. These findings could lead to a better understanding of degraded coral reef ecosystems and how to preserve them.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170523082000.htm