Harmful cyanobacterial blooms occur in freshwaters around the world, posing economic and public health threats. Monitoring, predicting and preventing them is a priority but also a challenge, because their dynamics are controlled by the interaction of abiotic factors with a complex biotic community, including viruses (phages) that prey on cyanobacteria. Here we ask how phage-cyanobacterial interactions impact bloom dynamics. Specifically, under what conditions can phage predation terminate a bloom, and under what conditions can cyanobacteria evolve resistance?
Costa, Naíla B., Maria A. Kolman, Alessandra Giani
2016 Journal of Plankton Research