Mammalian and Bacterial Viruses in Aquatic Environments
Joanna Śliwa-Dominiak1, Beata Tokarz-Deptuła2, Wiesław Deptuła1
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1Department of Microbiology
2Department of Immunology, Faculty of Biology,
University of Szczecin, Felczaka 3c, 71-412 Szczecin, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2015;24(3):951-960
Our paper focuses on the characteristic of mammalian and bacterial viruses in aquatic environments. We described their role and occurrence in different types of environmental water. It is known that the role of viruses present in a water environment can be negative or positive. A negative role is connected with pathogenic viruses and positive with bacteriophages. Pathogenic viruses can cause diseases, whereas bacteriophages in water environment are an important component of the microbial loop in terms of their potential roles in regulating microbial mortality, production, community structure, and biochemical cycling.
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