Biological characterization of Cyanophage LP-1 infecting Plectonema and Lyngbya species

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Robert Allen Barwick (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: A virus specific for blue-green algae was first isolated in 1963 (Safferman and Morris, 1963). Since that time, blue-green algae, of the phylum Cyanophyta, have drawn considerable attention from microbiologista, ecologists, and virologists. This interest has been centered upon both the hosts, cyanophytes, and their parasites, cyanophages, and has resulted in the discovery of several other viruses of blue-green algae (Singh and Singh, 1967; Safferman and Morris, 1967; Granhall and Hofsten, 1969; Safferman et al., 1969a; Adolph and Haselkorn, 1971; Safferman et al., 1972; Adolph and Haselkorn, 1973). This thesis presents evidence for the discovery of another blue-green algal virus which infects species of filamentous blue-green algae of the genera Plectonema and Lyngbya. This new viral isolate has been designated LP-1 in accordance with the system of nomenclature previously established for the cyanophages (Safferman and Morris, 1963; Safferman et al., 1969b). This system of nomenclature is based upon host specificity. Designations for each algal virus are derived from the first letter of the generic name of the algal host or hosts known to be susceptible to the viruses. For example, the LPP-viruses are cyanophages found to lyse blue-green algal species of the genera Lyngbya, Plectonema, and Phormidlum. Viral strains within each group are further subdivided on the basis of serological differences and are designated numerically in the chronological order of their discovery. such as LPP-1 and LPP-2.

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Language: English
Date: 1975
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