Caister Academic Press

General Characteristics of Bacteriophages

Hans-Wolfgang Ackermann and Grzegorz Węgrzyn
from: Phage Therapy: Current Research and Applications (Edited by: Jan Borysowski, Ryszard Międzybrodzki and Andrzej Górski). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2014)


Bacteriophages are the most numerous biological entities in the biosphere and the largest virus group known. Tailed phages constitute approximately 96% of known phages. Bacteriophage research is an extremely dynamic branch of microbiology. This review starts with the discovery of bacteriophages and covers basic phage techniques, ecology and incidence, aspects of phage physiology and replication, host range, classification, morphology, physico-chemical properties, genomics, and selected practical aspects of phage research. It concludes with a section on electron microscopy for rapid phage identification read more ...
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