Ultraviolet Ecolgy

Matt mattsn at interchange.ubc.ca
Wed Mar 21 03:06:59 EST 2001

There are actually quite a lot just suspended in the water column -- a
decent oceanic average is about a million per mL! It was generally thought
to be quite low, because the assay used was the standard plating out to see
how many CFUs form, but at least 90% of marine bacteria will not grow in
culture. Since UV can penetrate quite well in water (very significant in a
least the first few metres), UV radiation accounts for a significant amount
of bacterial damage and mortality (parallel with UV induced viral lysis).

Interesting stuff!

UBC Department of Biology

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