Hidden giants in forest soils

21st November 2018

A surprising wealth of novel giant viruses has been found in a soil ecosystem

Only a fraction of the microbes residing in, on and around soils have been identified through efforts to understand their contributions to global nutrient cycles. Soils are also home to countless viruses that can infect microbes, impacting their ability to regulate these global cycles. Giant virus genomes have been discovered for the first time in a forest soil ecosystem.

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