Cyanophages

Abstract

Cyanophages are viruses that infect cyanobacteria (blue‐green algae). They are widespread and abundant in aquatic environments and are important mortality agents in aquatic microbial communities. Increasingly they are being recognized as important players in global geochemical cycles.

Keywords: phycoviruses; aquatic viruses; cyanobacteria; blue‐green algae; viruses

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Suttle, Curtis A(Apr 2001) Cyanophages. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0000775]