Factors affecting survival of bacteriophage on tomato leaf surfaces.

  title={Factors affecting survival of bacteriophage on tomato leaf surfaces.},
  author={Fanny B. Iriarte and Botond Balogh and M. Timur Momol and Lee M. Smith and Michael Wilson and Jeffrey B. Jones},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={73 6},
The ability of bacteriophage to persist in the phyllosphere for extended periods is limited by many factors, including sunlight irradiation, especially in the UV zone, temperature, desiccation, and exposure to copper bactericides. The effects of these factors on persistence of phage and formulated phage (phage mixed with skim milk) were evaluated. In field studies, copper caused significant phage reduction if applied on the day of phage application but not if applied 4 or 7 days in advance… CONTINUE READING

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