Archives of Virology

, Volume 142, Issue 12, pp 2329–2345

A catalogue of T4-type bacteriophages

  • H.-W. Ackermann
  • H. M. Krisch

DOI: 10.1007/s007050050246

Cite this article as:
Ackermann, HW. & Krisch, H.M. Arch. Virol. (1997) 142: 2329. doi:10.1007/s007050050246


The T4-type of bacteriophages is broadly defined on the basis of particle morphology. It occurs in enterobacteria (125 representatives), acinetobacters, aeromonads, pseudomonads, and vibrios (16 isolates). In addition, 18 apparently unrelated phages with prolate heads and contractile tails are found in a wide range of bacteria. A descriptive catalogue of these phages is presented. The T4-type probably originated in precursors of enterobacteria.


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© Springer-Verlag 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-W. Ackermann
    • 1
  • H. M. Krisch
    • 2
  1. 1. Félix d’Hérelle Reference Center for Bacterial Viruses, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Sainte-Foy, CanadaCanada
  2. 2. Laboratoire de Microbiologie et Génétique Moléculaire, C.N.R.S., Toulouse, FranceFrance

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