Collected at the Southern Ocean Time Series, transcriptomes and manipulative experiments will establish virus and microbial processes that constrain the carbon cycle and system biogeochemistry (major DOE mission areas). Interactions on sinking particles, the specificity of virus-host relationships and trace metal effects will be examined. The cumulative data set will allow for the development of species-specific models of virus-host interactions relevant to ecosystem scale biogeochemistry.
Proposer: Steven Wilhelm, The University of Tennessee
Proposal: Algal, Bacterial and Viral Interactions as the Backdrop to Marine Carbon and Trace Metal Cycling