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Transmission electron microscope analysis of virus-like particles in the freshwater lakes of Signy Island, Antarctica

Wilson, William H.; Lane, Daniel; Pearce, David A.; Ellis-Evans, J. Cynan. 2000 Transmission electron microscope analysis of virus-like particles in the freshwater lakes of Signy Island, Antarctica. Polar Biology, 23 (9). 657-660. 10.1007/s003000000152

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Abstract/Summary

Water samples from a range of fresh-water Antarctic lakes on Signy Island (South Orkney Islands: 60°45′S, 45 °38′W) were examined for the presence of virus-like particles (VLPs) during the 1998/1999 field season. It was discovered that VLPs were ubiquitous, morphologically diverse and abundant, with high concentrations ranging from 4.9 × 106 ml−1 to 3.1 × 107 ml−1. Likely hosts include bacteria, cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae. In addition, an unusually large virus morphotype was observed with a head diameter 370 × 330 nm and a tail 1.3 μm long.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s003000000152
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 0722-4060
Additional Keywords: virus like particles, VLP, Signy Island, microbial communtities
Date made live: 24 Jul 2013 14:47 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/502608

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