Giant viruses of the Kutch Desert

  title={Giant viruses of the Kutch Desert},
  author={Csaba Kerepesi and Vince Korn{\'e}l Grolmusz},
  journal={Archives of Virology},
The Kutch Desert (Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India) is a unique ecosystem: in the larger part of the year it is a hot, salty desert that is flooded regularly in the Indian monsoon season. In the dry season, the crystallized salt deposits form the “white desert” in large regions. The first metagenomic analysis of the soil samples of Kutch was published in 2013, and the data were deposited in the NCBI Sequence Read Archive. At the same time, the sequences were analyzed phylogenetically for… 

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