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algal viruses

Fri Oct 28 15:12:54 EST 1994

in response to:Does anyone out there know anything about viruses, characterized or not,
that might infect green algae in general and Chlamydomonas is particular?

There is  a group of viruses which infect a marine prasinophyte, which is
related to greens.  There is  also a group of viruses which infect a
Chlorella-like alga.

These are large dsDNA viruses that are lytic.

You may wish to consult the following review:
Van Etten et al. MIcrobiol. Rev. 55:586-620 (1991)

Hope this helps.

Curtis Suttle
University of Texas at Austin
Marine Science Institute

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