What are the single-celled organisms that fix 50% of the world’s organic carbon?
Make-up less than 1% of Earth’s total photosynthetic biomass they’re phytoplankton.
Thousands of kilometres coloured blooms that can be seen from space,
Measured and tracked by satellites they phytoplankton can be found in their place.
Dr. Vardi, Prof. Koren and Dr. Lehahn discovered that virus infected phytoplankton in another way,
By causing bacteria to releases carbon back into the atmosphere every day.
Combining algal-viral interaction and carbon cycle data,
They were able to measure the effect of viruses on phytoplankton blooms later.
Estimated algal patch of 1,000sq km can fix 24,000 tons organic carbon,
Observing and measuring the viral infection wiping out an entire bloom from space is not jargon.
Contributing to understanding and quantifying the turnover carbon cycle is beneficial,
Knowledge of the algal-viral effect on the carbon cycle is not superficial.
Weizmann Institute of…
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