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Notes on “Virus-induced transfer of organic carbon between marine bacteria in a model community” by Middelboe et al. (2003)

This is a nice experimental study of a hypothesis concerning the viral effect on carbon cycle:

“The purpose of this study was to directly test under simplified, controlled conditions, whether, and with what efficiency, the unmanipulated viral lysate of one bacterial type can be used for growth by another bacterial type. [...] Using this approach, we demonstrated that the lysate derived from growth of a the phage-host system was used with high efficiency by an unrelated bacterial isolate, and supported significant growth of that isolate in an environment in which it was otherwise unable to grow. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) also illustrated that lysing bacterial cells may serve as ‘hot spots’, which appear to attract other bacteria.”