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Quantitative Viral EcologyDynamics of Viruses and Their Microbial Hosts$
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Joshua S. Weitz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161549

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161549.001.0001

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The Future of Quantitative Viral Ecology

The Future of Quantitative Viral Ecology

(p.236) Chapter Eight The Future of Quantitative Viral Ecology
Quantitative Viral Ecology

Joshua S. Weitz

Princeton University Press

This chapter presents a perspective on the types of developments, both technical and theoretical, that are forthcoming and the influence they are likely to have in shaping our view of the diversity and functions of environmental viruses. It focuses on theoretical challenges of two kinds: “forward” problems and “inverse” problems. It argues that for purely technological reasons, many measurements in viral ecology have not been comparable, in a quantitative sense. Moreover, there have been relatively few attempts to integrate what virus ecologists have measured into models of microbial communities. Whatever integration has occurred has focused almost exclusively on lab-based population and evolutionary dynamics. There is a pressing need to understand the ecological role of viruses of microbes, which requires an increasing number of theorists to investigate the interactions between microbes and the viruses that infect them.

Keywords:   viruses, quantitative viral ecology, diversity, microbes, microbial communities, evolutionary dynamics

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