Bacteriophage ecology in environmental biotechnology processes.

Abstract:

:Heterotrophic bacteria are an integral part of any environmental biotechnology process (EBP). Therefore, factors controlling bacterial abundance, activity, and community composition are central to the understanding of such processes. Among these factors, top-down control by bacteriophage predation has so far received very limited attention. With over 10(8) particles per ml, phage appear to be the most numerous biological entities in EBP. Phage populations in EBP appear to be highly dynamic and to correlate with the population dynamics of their hosts and genomic evidence suggests bacteria evolve to avoid phage predation. Clearly, there is much to learn regarding bacteriophage in EBP before we can truly understand the microbial ecology of these globally important systems.

journal_name

Curr Opin Biotechnol

authors

Shapiro OH,Kushmaro A

doi

10.1016/j.copbio.2011.01.012

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2011-06-01 00:00:00

pages

449-55

issue

3

eissn

0958-1669

issn

1879-0429

pii

S0958-1669(11)00026-7

journal_volume

22

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