Impact of Viral Infection on Absorption and Scattering Properties of Marine Bacteria and Phytoplankton
NEW ENGLAND UNIV BIDDEFORD ME
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The long range goal of our research was to document the role of viruses in light scattering in the sea. The DEPSCOR project was a joint venture between the University of New England and its affiliate, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The objectives of this work were to 1 define the typical time scale for the shift in inherent optical properties a, b, c, and bb associated with viral infection of marine bacteria as compared to non-infected control populations, 2 define the maximum possible rates of change of inherent optical properties a, b, c, and bb under conditions of high virus multiplicity of infection, and 3 define the concurrent changes in 0.03-100 micro size spectra associated with viral infection of marine bacteria.