Commentary

The ISME Journal (2008) 2, 575–578; doi:10.1038/ismej.2008.31; published online 3 April 2008

Global-scale processes with a nanoscale drive: the role of marine viruses

Corina P D Brussaard1,15, Steven W Wilhelm2,16, Frede Thingstad3, Markus G Weinbauer4, Gunnar Bratbak5, Mikal Heldal6, Susan A Kimmance7, Mathias Middelboe8, Keizo Nagasaki9, John H Paul10, Declan C Schroeder11, Curtis A Suttle12, Dolors Vaqué13 and K Eric Wommack14

  1. 1Department of Biological Oceanography, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Texel, The Netherlands
  2. 2Department of Microbiology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
  3. 3Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  4. 4Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry Group, Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France and Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche, CNRS, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
  5. 5Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  6. 6Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  7. 7Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK
  8. 8Department of Biology, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Copenhagen, Helsingør, Denmark
  9. 9Harmful Algae Control Section, Harmful Algal Bloom Division, National Research Institute of Fisheries and Environment of Inland Sea, Fisheries Research Agency, Hiroshima, Japan
  10. 10Department of Biological Oceanography, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, St Petersburg, FL, USA
  11. 11Marine Biological Association, The Laboratory, Plymouth, UK
  12. 12Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  13. 13Department of Marine Biology and Oceanography, Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain
  14. 14Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Graduate College of Marine and Earth Studies, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA

Correspondence: CPD Brussaard, E-mail: corina.brussaard@nioz.nl

15Correspondence regarding the EUR-OCEANS Marine Virus Workshop can be sent to CPDB E-mail: corina.brussaard@nioz.nl

16Correspondence regarding SCOR's working group on Marine Virus Ecology can be sent to SWW E-mail: wilhelm@utk.edu