Cyanophage and Algal Virus

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Viruses of Plants, Fungi and Protozoa".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 201

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Department of Microbiology, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Interests: aquatic viruses; algae viruses; phycodnaviruses; cyanophages; genomics; evolution; virus–host interactions
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, we have observed a growing interest in aquatic viruses and their impact on basic and applied virology. Since the early 1960s, viruses that infect cyanobacteria, or cyanophages, have been isolated and characterized, and we have learned a great deal about their impact on diversity and environmental dynamics, especially in eliminating harmful algal blooms. In the early 1980s, viruses that infect eukaryotic algae were isolated, which paved the way for exciting discoveries that expanded our knowledge of the diversity and complexity of the virosphere, including giant algal viruses. Today, in the age of omics, a wealth of evidence points to the remarkable distribution and diversity of cyanophages and algal viruses across the globe. Efforts to identify these viruses and study their biology, genomics, ecology, and evolution through innovative approaches will open new windows for advances in this field.

In this Special Issue, we aim to compile the latest research on aquatic viruses, with a particular focus on cyanophages and algal viruses. We welcome the submission of original research and review articles that cover different topics, including the description of new viruses, elucidation of virion structure, genomics and evolutionary aspects of aquatic viruses, viral ecology, and the impact of these viruses in different environments. We strive to present a comprehensive collection of up-to-date research in this broad and fascinating field of virology.

Dr. Rodrigo Araújo Lima Rodrigues
Guest Editor

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  • cyanophages
  • algal viruses
  • Algavirales
  • Phycodnaviridae
  • Marnaviridae
  • aquatic virus
  • algae bloom
  • viral diversity
  • viral ecology

Published Papers

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