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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2001 Jul;67(7):3285-90.

Distribution, isolation, host specificity, and diversity of cyanophages infecting marine Synechococcus spp. in river estuaries.

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  • 1Department of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602, USA.


The abundance of cyanophages infecting marine Synechococcus spp. increased with increasing salinity in three Georgia coastal rivers. About 80% of the cyanophage isolates were cyanomyoviruses. High cross-infectivity was found among the cyanophages infecting phycoerythrin-containing Synechococcus strains. Cyanophages in the river estuaries were diverse in terms of their morphotypes and genotypes.

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