Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 253–259

Bacteriophage burst size during multiple infections

  • Raghavendra Gadagkar
  • K. P. Gopinathan

DOI: 10.1007/BF02703251

Cite this article as:
Gadagkar, R. & Gopinathan, K.P. J Biosci (1980) 2: 253. doi:10.1007/BF02703251


A significant positive correlation was observed between multiplicity of infection and burst size of mycobacteriophage 13. During multiple infections, the average contribution of each infecting phage to the burst size was inversely correlated with multiplicity of infection even when bacterial resources were not limiting. We conclude that the efficiency of phage-coded functions rather than the extent of bacterial resources determines the burst size.


Bacteriophage mycobacteriophage I3 burst size multiple infections 

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raghavendra Gadagkar
    • 1
  • K. P. Gopinathan
    • 1
  1. 1.Microbiology and Cell Biology LaboratoryIndian Institute of ScienceBangalore
  2. 2.Centre for Theoretical StudiesIndian Institute of ScienceBangalore

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