Virus-infected bacteria could provide help in the fight against climate change

phys.org | 2/17/2019 | Staff
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Alison Buchan, Carolyn W. Fite professor of microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, works with students in her lab. Credit: University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Viruses don't always kill their microbial hosts. In many cases, they develop a mutually beneficial relationship: the virus establishes itself inside the microbe and, in return, grants its host with immunity against attack by similar viruses.

Relationship - Research - Applications - Biology - Alison

Understanding this relationship is beneficial not only for medical research and practical applications but also in marine biology, says Alison Buchan, Carolyn W. Fite Professor of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

"Marine microbes are uniquely responsible for carrying out processes that are essential for all of earth's biogeochemical cycles, including many that play a role in climate change," she said.

Buchan - Interactions - Sunday - February - Meeting

Buchan will explain some of these interactions on Sunday, February 17, during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.

Her talk, "It's Only Mostly Dead: Deciphering Mechanisms Underlying Virus-Microbe Interactions," will be part of the scientific session titled Viruses, Microbes and Their Entangled Fates.

Function - Community - Part - Composition

The function of a microbial community is in large part dictated by its composition: what microbes...
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