Stephen T Abedon

Phage ecology is the study of the interactions between phage and their environments. These interactions are consequential, particularly to the extent that they affect bacteria. During traditional molecular phage characterization, however, only minimal consideration of ecology is made. Contrasting this tendency, here I consider phage organismal, population, community, and ecosystem ecology (Table 5-1). For additional approaches to the review of phage ecology, as well as the related field of phage environmental microbiology, see (7, 8, 10, 18, 20, 26, 39, 41, 49, 53) together with various reviews of aquatic and ecosystem phage ecology (38, 56, 59, 68, 69, 78). Visit www.phage.org for additional phage ecology resources.

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