Giant viruses in glaciers will help slow the melting of the ice

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Giant viruses have been found on the Greenland ice sheet that infect algae and can regulate their populations on the surface of the glaciers. Scientists hypothesize that reducing algae populations with the help of these viruses could potentially slow the rate of glacier melt. Discovery published in the magazine microbiome.

What are these giant viruses?

In glaciers, there are areas colored due to the vital activity of microorganisms, which reflect sunlight less well, and therefore melt faster. Depending on the type of microorganisms that cause the color, cryoconite, dark zone, green and red snow and ice, as well as an ice core are distinguished. To find out if it is possible to prevent the melting of the ice, the scientists took samples from these areas and compared them with samples of pure ice.

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Genetic analysis showed the presence of different groups of giant viruses (Nucleocytoviricota), most of whose research previously involved marine and freshwater environments, in colonies of algae and protists—the tiny single-celled organisms that cause red ice and the dark zone. Therefore, scientists suggest that viruses can be used to regulate populations of these microorganisms and potentially slow the rate of melting of glaciers.

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