Daniel Muratore Co-authored a new publication in ISMEJ. This study examined the day-night pigment budgeting of marine phytoplankton, identifying night as an important recovery phase to rebuild photoreactive pigments that are degraded by UV-radiation during the day.
Dr. Stephen Beckett and Prof. Joshua Weitz contributed to a new study published in ISME J that measured the infected fraction of Prochlorococcus cells in the North Pacific ocean. The iPolony method suggests that less than 2% of Prochlorococcus cells in the surface ocean are infected at any time by T4- or T7-like viruses, which suggests these viruses are not a major source of mortality in this ecosystem despite being present in large numbers.
Several members of the group and our collaborators published an article in NatureMedicine where we modeled shield immunity where Covid-19 recovered individuals (with antibodies against Covid-19) could be deployed as focal points for safer interactions with sensitive populations. A shield immunity dashboard is in progress and will be forthcoming in January 2021.