A team of Bermuda and US scientists has completed a decade-long study of marine viruses, based in Sargasso waters, which has drawn international attention.
The collaboration between the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and UC Santa Barbara followed microscopic life at an open ocean station near Bermuda. The study, released this month and reported online in the science journal Nature, sheds light on the hidden world of marine viruses.
Bermudian oceanographer Rachel Parsons said that marine microbes add up to about 95 percent of the biological matter within the seas.
“As a result of their sheer numbers, and the rates at which they grow, they are responsible for transforming and shaping the distribution of life’s essential elements, and they help control climate on our planet,” Ms Parsons said. “Without marine microbes, life as we know it could not persist.”
Read the full article, Study on Sargasso Sea Completed, on the Royal Gazette website.