Patterns and ecological drivers of ocean viral communities

Jennifer R. Brum, J. Cesar Ignacio-Espinoza, Simon Roux, Guilhem Doulcier, Silvia G. Acinas, Adriana Alberti, Samuel Chaffron, Corinne Cruaud, Colomban De Vargas, Josep M. Gasol, Gabriel Gorsky, Ann C. Gregory, Lionel Guidi, Pascal Hingamp, Daniele Iudicone, Fabrice Not, Hiroyuki Ogata, Stéphane Pesant, Bonnie T. Poulos, Sarah M. SchwenckSabrina Speich, Celine Dimier, Stefanie Kandels-Lewis, Marc Picheral, Sarah Searson, Peer Bork, Chris Bowler, Shinichi Sunagawa, Patrick Wincker, Eric Karsenti, Matthew B. Sullivan, Emmanuel Boss, Michael Follows, Nigel Grimsley, Olivier Jaillon, Lee Karp-Boss, Uros Krzic, Jeroen Raes, Emmanuel G. Reynaud, Christian Sardet, Mike Sieracki, Lars Stemmann, Didier Velayoudon, Jean Weissenbach

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Viruses influence ecosystems by modulating microbial population size, diversity, metabolic outputs, and gene flow. Here, we use quantitative double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viral-fraction metagenomes (viromes) and whole viral community morphological data sets from 43 Tara Oceans expedition samples to assess viral community patterns and structure in the upper ocean. Protein cluster cataloging defined pelagic upper-ocean viral community pan and core gene sets and suggested that this sequence space is well-sampled. Analyses of viral protein clusters, populations, and morphology revealed biogeographic patterns whereby viral communities were passively transported on oceanic currents and locally structured by environmental conditions that affect host community structure. Together, these investigations establish a global ocean dsDNA viromic data set with analyses supporting the seed-bank hypothesis to explain how oceanic viral communities maintain high local diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1261498
Issue number6237
StatePublished - May 22 2015
Externally publishedYes

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