Title

Antagonistic coevolution of marine planktonic viruses and their hosts

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Annual Review of Marine Science

Publication Date

1-14-2014

Abstract

The potential for antagonistic coevolution between marine viruses and their (primarily bacterial) hosts is well documented, but our understanding of the consequences of this rapid evolution is in its infancy. Acquisition of resistance against co-occurring viruses and the subsequent evolution of virus host range in response have implications for bacterial mortality rates as well as for community composition and diversity. Drawing on examples from a range of environments, we consider the potential dynamics, underlying genetic mechanisms and fitness costs, and ecological impacts of virus-host coevolution in marine waters. Given that much of our knowledge is derived from laboratory experiments, we also discuss potential challenges and approaches in scaling up to diverse, complex networks of virus-host interactions. Finally, we note that a variety of novel approaches for characterizing virus-host interactions offer new hope for a mechanistic understanding of antagonistic coevolution in marine plankton. Copyright © 2014 by Annual Reviews.

Volume

6

First Page

393

Last Page

414

DOI

10.1146/annurev-marine-010213-135108

ISSN

19411405

E-ISSN

19410611

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