Phylogenetic analysis of new Prasinoviruses (Phycodnaviridae) that infect the green unicellular algae Ostreococcus, Bathycoccus and Micromonas.

@article{Bellec2009PhylogeneticAO,
  title={Phylogenetic analysis of new Prasinoviruses (Phycodnaviridae) that infect the green unicellular algae Ostreococcus, Bathycoccus and Micromonas.},
  author={Laure Bellec and Nigel H Grimsley and Herv{\'e} Moreau and Yves Desdevises},
  journal={Environmental microbiology reports},
  year={2009},
  volume={1 2},
  pages={114-23}
}
Viruses play an important role in the regulation of phytoplankton populations. In the Mediterranean Sea, prasinophyte green algae are abundant and widespread, and within this group the genera Bathycoccus, Micromonas and Ostreococcus (Mamiellales) are the most common. Although these organisms constitute a significant part of the marine ecosystem, little is known about the viruses infecting them. We showed that double-stranded DNA viruses, likely members of the Phycodnaviridae family, can infect… CONTINUE READING

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