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A Roadmap for Genome-Based Phage Taxonomy

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Department of Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
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Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada
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Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada
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Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7UQ, UK
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Academic Editor: Terje Dokland
Viruses 2021, 13(3), 506; https://doi.org/10.3390/v13030506
Received: 8 February 2021 / Revised: 16 March 2021 / Accepted: 16 March 2021 / Published: 18 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Bacterial Viruses)
Bacteriophage (phage) taxonomy has been in flux since its inception over four decades ago. Genome sequencing has put pressure on the classification system and recent years have seen significant changes to phage taxonomy. Here, we reflect on the state of phage taxonomy and provide a roadmap for the future, including the abolition of the order Caudovirales and the families Myoviridae, Podoviridae, and Siphoviridae. Furthermore, we specify guidelines for the demarcation of species, genus, subfamily and family-level ranks of tailed phage taxonomy. View Full-Text
Keywords: phage taxonomy; phage classification; Caudovirales; Myoviridae; Podoviridae; Siphoviridae; demarcation criteria phage taxonomy; phage classification; Caudovirales; Myoviridae; Podoviridae; Siphoviridae; demarcation criteria
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Turner, D.; Kropinski, A.M.; Adriaenssens, E.M. A Roadmap for Genome-Based Phage Taxonomy. Viruses 2021, 13, 506. https://doi.org/10.3390/v13030506

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Turner, Dann, Andrew M. Kropinski, and Evelien M. Adriaenssens 2021. "A Roadmap for Genome-Based Phage Taxonomy" Viruses 13, no. 3: 506. https://doi.org/10.3390/v13030506

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