Food and Environmental Virology

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 260–269 | Cite as

Isolation and Characterization of Bacillus cereus Bacteriophages from Foods and Soil

  • Hyejin Oh
  • Dong Joo Seo
  • Su Been Jeon
  • Hyunkyung Park
  • Suntak Jeong
  • Hyang Sook Chun
  • Mihwa Oh
  • Changsun ChoiEmail author
Original Paper


The aim of this study was to isolate and characterize Bacillus cereus bacteriophages of various origins. Twenty-seven bacteriophages against B. cereus were isolated from various Korean traditional fermented foods and soils. Plaque size, transmission electron microscopy, virulence profile, and in vitro lytic activity of bacteriophage isolates were examined. Transmission electron microscopy confirmed B. cereus bacteriophages belonging to the family Siphoviridae. Among B. cereus bacteriophages with broad host range, 18 isolates (66.7%) did not harbor any B. cereus virulence factors. Among them, bacteriophage strain CAU150036, CAU150038, CAU150058, CAU150064, CAU150065, and CAU150066 effectively inhibited B. cereus in vitro within 1 h. Therefore, they are considered potential candidates for controlling the contamination of B. cereus in food or other applications.


Bacteriophages Bacillus cereus Isolation Characterization Virulence factor Inhibition 



This study was supported by the National Institute of Animal Science Rural Development Administration (Project No. 20130058), Republic of Korea and the Korea Institute of Planning and Evaluation for Technology in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (IPET) through (High Value-added Food Technology Development Program), funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) (313023-3).

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Authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Food and Nutrition, College of Biotechnology and Agriculture ResourceChung-Ang UniversityAnseongRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Biotechnology and Agriculture ResourceChung-Ang UniversityAnseongRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.National Institute of Animal ScienceRural Development AdministrationJeonjuRepublic of Korea

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