What do we know about viruses in terrestrial antarctica?

David William Hopkins*, M. M. Swanson, M. E. Taliansky

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    Very little is known about viruses in soils and, given the small number of studies on Antarctic soils, it is unsurprising that definitive information about viruses in Antarctic soils is sparse. The occurrence of unusual virological observations (novel virus, dual virus sequences, virophage, and large phage to host ratios in Antarctic soils) suggests that substantial unexplored detail exists for viruses in Antarctic soils.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAntarctic Terrestrial Microbiology
    Subtitle of host publicationPhysical and Biological Properties of Antarctic Soils
    EditorsDon A. Cowan
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-45213-0
    ISBN (Print)9783642452123
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
    • Environmental Science(all)


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