Priscilla Cho, Chemistry, Emory Univ.
Lucas Fiet, Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee
Margaret Knight, Mathematics, Colorado College
Project Description. Marine phytoplankton are responsible for approximately half of global photosynthetic carbon fixation. Viral infection of marine phytoplankton diverts material toward bacterial remineralization, and away from transfer to higher trophic levels. This project will combine mathematical modeling with published data from laboratory infection experiments, to quantitatively constrain rates of viral infection. Results from the project will contribute toward the goal of accounting for viral infection in marine ecosystem models, to improve our understanding of the roles of viral infection in marine ecosystems.
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