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Appl Environ Microbiol. 1988 Jun;54(6):1637-41.

Morphological diversity of ruminal bacteriophages from sheep and cattle.

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  • 1Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Nutrition, University of New England, New South Wales, Australia.

Abstract

Large numbers of bacteriophages (2 x 10(7) to 1 x 10(8)/ml) were present in ruminal fluid from sheep and cattle. Twenty-six distinct types were identified and placed in three morphological groups; several phages possessed unusual structural features. The large numbers and diversity of phages observed indicates a possible role in bacterial lysis and hence in the population dynamics of the ruminal bacteria.

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