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Partial characterization of a cubic Bacillus phage. 1978. Ackermann, H.W. Roy, R.; Martin, M.; Murthy, M.R.; Smirnoff, W.A. Can. J. Microbiol. 24(8): 986-993.

Year: 1978

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 16286

Language: English

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Phage Bam35 is an icosahedron of about 63 nm in diameter. It has a double capsid with spikes at the vertices, and a tail which seems to appear upon nucleic acid ejection. The phage contains DNA and, probably, lipids which seem to be located in the inner coat. The phage is Bacillus-specific, UV- and lipase-resistant, and sensitive to heat, chloroform, and ether. The latent period is 50 min and the burst size is 39. Phage Bam35 belongs to a new virus group which includes a phage of B. anthracis and four phages of gram-negative bacteria harboring drug-resistance plasmids.