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Viruses of microbes

Section Editor: Joana Azeredo, University of Minho, Portugal 
Deputy Section Editor: Mark van Raaij, CNB-CSIC, Spain 

The Viruses of microbes section of Virology Journal is home to articles on all aspects of virology pertaining to viruses infecting bacteria, archaea, algae, protozoa, fungi and other viruses. A large part of the virosphere is made up of viruses infecting other microbes. We welcome contributions to the structure of these viruses, their activity, their regulation and the interaction with their microbial hosts, including host immunity. Applications of microbial viruses or their gene products in human and animal health or industrial and ecological applications are also welcome.​​​​​​​

  1. Since the discovery of mimivirus, numerous giant viruses associated with free-living amoebae have been described. The genome of giant viruses can be more than 2.5 megabases, and virus particles can exceed the ...

    Authors: Graziele Oliveira, Bernard La Scola and Jônatas Abrahão

    Citation: Virology Journal 2019 16:126

    Content type: Review

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  2. Mycoviruses were recently discovered in the white pine blister rust (WPBR) fungus Cronartium ribicola (J.C. Fisch.). Detection and characterization of their double stranded RNA (dsRNA) would facilitate understand...

    Authors: Jun-Jun Liu, Yu Xiang, Richard A. Sniezko, Anna W. Schoettle, Holly Williams and Arezoo Zamany

    Citation: Virology Journal 2019 16:118

    Content type: Research

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  3. Trichoderma spp. are used extensively in agriculture as biological control agents to prevent soil-borne plant diseases. In recent years, mycoviruses from fungi have attracted increasing attention due to their eff...

    Authors: Chenchen Liu, Mei Li, Estifanos Tsegaye Redda, Jie Mei, Jiantai Zhang, Beilei Wu and Xiliang Jiang

    Citation: Virology Journal 2019 16:113

    Content type: Research

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  4. Aquaculture is the fastest growing sector of food production worldwide. However, one of the major reasons limiting its effectiveness are infectious diseases among aquatic organisms resulting in vast economic l...

    Authors: Joanna Kazimierczak, Ewelina Agnieszka Wójcik, Jolanta Witaszewska, Arkadiusz Guziński, Elżbieta Górecka, Małgorzata Stańczyk, Edyta Kaczorek, Andrzej Krzysztof Siwicki and Jarosław Dastych

    Citation: Virology Journal 2019 16:4

    Content type: Research

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  5. Pear ring rot, caused by Botryosphaeria species, is responsible for substantial economic losses by causing severe recession of pear tree growth in China. Mycovirus-mediated hypovirulence in plant pathogenic fungi...

    Authors: Lihua Wang, Hui Luo, Wangcheng Hu, Yuekun Yang, Ni Hong, Guoping Wang, Aiming Wang and Liping Wang

    Citation: Virology Journal 2018 15:126

    Content type: Research

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  6. Analysis of metagenomic sequences has become the principal approach for the study of the diversity of viruses. Many recent, extensive metagenomic studies on several classes of viruses have dramatically expande...

    Authors: Natalya Yutin, Disa Bäckström, Thijs J. G. Ettema, Mart Krupovic and Eugene V. Koonin

    Citation: Virology Journal 2018 15:67

    Content type: Research

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  7. Since the discovery of giant viruses infecting amoebae in 2003, many dogmas of virology have been revised and the search for these viruses has been intensified. Over the last few years, several new groups of t...

    Authors: Ana Cláudia dos S. P. Andrade, Thalita S. Arantes, Rodrigo A. L. Rodrigues, Talita B. Machado, Fábio P. Dornas, Melissa F. Landell, Cinthia Furst, Luiz G. A. Borges, Lara A. L. Dutra, Gabriel Almeida, Giliane de S. Trindade, Ivan Bergier, Walter Abrahão, Iara A. Borges, Juliana R. Cortines, Danilo B. de Oliveira…

    Citation: Virology Journal 2018 15:22

    Content type: Research

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  8. Infections in poultry are an economic and health problem in Europe and worldwide. The most common infections are associated with salmonellosis, colibacillosis, campylobacteriosis, and others. The prevalence of Ca...

    Authors: Andrzej Wernicki, Anna Nowaczek and Renata Urban-Chmiel

    Citation: Virology Journal 2017 14:179

    Content type: Review

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  9. The implementation of phage therapy is re-emerging with the increase in widespread antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    Authors: Zelin Cui, Tingting Feng, Feifei Gu, Qingtian Li, Ke Dong, Yan Zhang, Yongzhang Zhu, Lizhong Han, Jinhong Qin and Xiaokui Guo

    Citation: Virology Journal 2017 14:26

    Content type: Research

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  10. Soda lakes are unique environments in terms of their physical characteristics and the biology they harbour. Although well studied with respect to their microbial composition, their viral compositions have not,...

    Authors: Leonardo Joaquim van Zyl, Shonisani Nemavhulani, James Cass, Donald Arthur Cowan and Marla Trindade

    Citation: Virology Journal 2016 13:204

    Content type: Research

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  11. Viruses are incredibly diverse organisms and impact all forms of life on Earth; however, individual virions are challenging to study due to their small size and mass, precluding almost all direct imaging or mo...

    Authors: Shea T. Lance, David J. Sukovich, Kenneth M. Stedman and Adam R. Abate

    Citation: Virology Journal 2016 13:201

    Content type: Research

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  12. Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, a notorious plant fungal pathogen, causes yield loss of many crops and vegetables, and is a natural host of a diverse viruses with positive-sense RNA (+ssRNA)...

    Authors: Hongchang Ran, Lijiang Liu, Bo Li, Jiasen Cheng, Yanping Fu, Daohong Jiang and Jiatao Xie

    Citation: Virology Journal 2016 13:92

    Content type: Research

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  13. Epidemics and pandemics of cholera, a diarrheal disease, are attributed to Vibrio cholerae serogroups O1 and O139. In recent years, specific lytic phages of V. cholerae have been proposed to be important factors ...

    Authors: Alejandro Solís-Sánchez, Ulises Hernández-Chiñas, Armando Navarro-Ocaña, Javier De la Mora, Juan Xicohtencatl-Cortes and Carlos Eslava-Campos

    Citation: Virology Journal 2016 13:47

    Content type: Research

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  14. Bacteriophage vB_YenP_AP5 is a lytic bacteriophage capable of infecting Yersinia enterocolitica strains of serotype O:3, an epidemiologically significant serotype within this bacterial species that causes yersini...

    Authors: Carlos G Leon-Velarde, Andrew M Kropinski, Shu Chen, Arash Abbasifar, Mansel W Griffiths and Joseph A Odumeru

    Citation: Virology Journal 2014 11:188

    Content type: Research

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  15. Bacteriophages encode endolysins to lyse their host cell and allow escape of their progeny. Endolysins are also active against Gram-positive bacteria when applied from the outside and are thus attractive anti-...

    Authors: Marta Sanz-Gaitero, Ruth Keary, Carmela Garcia-Doval, Aidan Coffey and Mark J van Raaij

    Citation: Virology Journal 2014 11:133

    Content type: Research

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  16. In 2003, Acanthamoeba polyphaga mimivirus (APMV) was first described and began to impact researchers around the world, due to its structural and genetic complexity. This virus founded the family Mimiviridae. In r...

    Authors: Jônatas S Abrahão, Fábio P Dornas, Lorena CF Silva, Gabriel M Almeida, Paulo VM Boratto, Phillipe Colson, Bernard La Scola and Erna G Kroon

    Citation: Virology Journal 2014 11:120

    Content type: Review

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  17. The identification of novel giant viruses from the nucleocytoplasmic large DNA viruses group and their virophages has increased in the last decade and has helped to shed light on viral evolution. This study de...

    Authors: Rafael K Campos, Paulo V Boratto, Felipe L Assis, Eric RGR Aguiar, Lorena CF Silva, Jonas D Albarnaz, Fabio P Dornas, Giliane S Trindade, Paulo P Ferreira, João T Marques, Catherine Robert, Didier Raoult, Erna G Kroon, Bernard La Scola and Jônatas S Abrahão

    Citation: Virology Journal 2014 11:95

    Content type: Research

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  18. Multi-resistant Achromobacter xylosoxidans has been recognized as an emerging pathogen causing nosocomially acquired infections during the last years. Phages as natural opponents could be an alternative to fight ...

    Authors: Johannes Wittmann, Brigitte Dreiseikelmann, Manfred Rohde, Jan P Meier-Kolthoff, Boyke Bunk and Christine Rohde

    Citation: Virology Journal 2014 11:14

    Content type: Research

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  19. Bacteriophage EC1-UPM is an N4-like bacteriophage which specifically infects Escherichia coli O78:K80, an avian pathogenic strain that causes colibacillosis in poultry. The complete genome sequence of bacteriopha...

    Authors: Han Ming Gan, Chin Chin Sieo, Shirley Gee Hoon Tang, Abdul Rahman Omar and Yin Wan Ho

    Citation: Virology Journal 2013 10:308

    Content type: Research

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