Quantitative Viral Ecology : Dynamics of Viruses and Their Microbial Hosts, Hardback Book

Quantitative Viral Ecology : Dynamics of Viruses and Their Microbial Hosts Hardback

Part of the Monographs in Population Biology series

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When we think about viruses we tend to consider ones that afflict humans--such as those that cause influenza, HIV, and Ebola.

Yet, vastly more viruses infect single-celled microbes.

Diverse and abundant, microbes and the viruses that infect them are found in oceans, lakes, plants, soil, and animal-associated microbiomes.

Taking a vital look at the "microscopic" mode of disease dynamics, Quantitative Viral Ecology establishes a theoretical foundation from which to model and predict the ecological and evolutionary dynamics that result from the interaction between viruses and their microbial hosts.

Joshua Weitz addresses three major questions: What are viruses of microbes and what do they do to their hosts?

How do interactions of a single virus-host pair affect the number and traits of hosts and virus populations?

How do virus-host dynamics emerge in natural environments when interactions take place between many viruses and many hosts?

Emphasizing how theory and models can provide answers, Weitz offers a cohesive framework for tackling new challenges in the study of viruses and microbes and how they are connected to ecological processes--from the laboratory to the Earth system. Quantitative Viral Ecology is an innovative exploration of the influence of viruses in our complex natural world.

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