Phages of the marine cyanobacterial picophytoplankton
UNSPECIFIED (2003) Phages of the marine cyanobacterial picophytoplankton. [Journal Item]Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0168-6445(03)00016-0
Cyanobacteria of the genera Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus dominate the prokaryotic component of the picophytoplankton in the oceans. It is still less than 10 years since the discovery of phages that infect marine Synechococcus and the beginning of the characterisation of these phages and assessment of their ecological impact. Estimations of the contribution of phages to Synechococcus mortality are highly variable, but there is clear evidence that phages exert a significant selection pressure on Synechococcus community structure. In turn, there are strong selection pressures on the phage community, in terms of both abundance and composition. This review focuses on the factors affecting the diversity of cyanophages in the marine environment, cyanophage interactions with their hosts, and the selective pressures in the marine environment that affect cyanophage evolutionary biology. (C) 2003 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Item|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QR Microbiology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||FEMS MICROBIOLOGY REVIEWS|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 17-34|
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