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Special Issue "Viruses of Microbes V: Biodiversity and Future Applications"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Bacterial Viruses".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Heather E. Allison

Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
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Interests: the molecular mechanisms that control various aspects of microbial interactions with their environment including the interaction of lambdoid bacteriophages with their bacterial host; the use of metagenomic techniques to identify and characterise novel cellulolytic microbial taxa and the cellulases they produce from land fill and fresh water environments
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. David Prangishvili

Head of the research group "Viruses of Archaea", Department of Microbiology, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
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Interests: diversity of archaeal viruses: virion structures, genome organisation, structure and function of viral proteins; molecular aspects of virus host interactions in Archaea; biotechnological applications of archaeal viruses and their proteins
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ruth-Anne Sandaa

University of Bergen, Department of Biological Sciences, Bergen, Norway
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Interests: community dynamics and diversity of viruses infecting photosynthetic organisms like Cyanobacteria (cyanophages) and Phytoplankton (algal viruses); viral-host interactions of cyanophages and algal viruses in the marine environment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The central theme of this Special Issue will focus on 'Biodiversity and Future Applications' of viruses infecting microbes (algae, archaea, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses). Viruses have always been a key element of microbial diversity and evolution, as well as a tool for a molecular biologist to learn more about how the host-cell functions. This information has also been put to productive use in recent days to control infections and fouling in many areas in our society.

The issue gathers articles covering key areas of ecology, host-virus dynamics, biotechnological, medical aspects, and structural biology. A main objective is to introduce a new understanding of the role that viruses of microbes play in ecosystems and in the sustainable development of human technologies.

Dr. Heather E. Allison
Prof. Dr. David Prangishvili
Prof. Dr. Ruth-Anne Sandaa
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • bacteriophages
  • archaeal viruses
  • cyanophages
  • algal and fungi viruses
  • viral-host interactions
  • structure and function of viral proteins
  • biotechnological applications

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Open AccessReview RNA Phage Biology in a Metagenomic Era
Viruses 2018, 10(7), 386; https://doi.org/10.3390/v10070386
Received: 11 June 2018 / Revised: 19 July 2018 / Accepted: 20 July 2018 / Published: 21 July 2018
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The number of novel bacteriophage sequences has expanded significantly as a result of many metagenomic studies of phage populations in diverse environments. Most of these novel sequences bear little or no homology to existing databases (referred to as the “viral dark matter”). Also,
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The number of novel bacteriophage sequences has expanded significantly as a result of many metagenomic studies of phage populations in diverse environments. Most of these novel sequences bear little or no homology to existing databases (referred to as the “viral dark matter”). Also, these sequences are primarily derived from DNA-encoded bacteriophages (phages) with few RNA phages included. Despite the rapid advancements in high-throughput sequencing, few studies enrich for RNA viruses, i.e., target viral rather than cellular fraction and/or RNA rather than DNA via a reverse transcriptase step, in an attempt to capture the RNA viruses present in a microbial communities. It is timely to compile existing and relevant information about RNA phages to provide an insight into many of their important biological features, which should aid in sequence-based discovery and in their subsequent annotation. Without comprehensive studies, the biological significance of RNA phages has been largely ignored. Future bacteriophage studies should be adapted to ensure they are properly represented in phageomic studies. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Viruses of Microbes V: Biodiversity and Future Applications)

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