Seven novel tailed lytic viruses (Ds3CZ, Ds5CZ, Ds9CZ, Ds16CZ, Ds20CZ, Ds23CZ, Ds25CZ) infecting the bacterium Dickeya solani were isolated in the Czech Republic. Genomes of these viruses are dsDNA, 149,364 to 155,285 bp in length, and the genome arrangement is very similar to that of the type virus Dickeya virus LIMEstone 1. All but the Ds25CZ virus should be regarded as strains of a single species. Most of the sequence differences are due to the presence or absence of homing endonuclease (HE) genes, with 23 HEs found in Ds3CZ, Ds5CZ, and Ds20CZ, 22 in Ds9CZ, 19 in Ds16CZ, 18 in Ds25CZ, and 15 in Ds23CZ.
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This research work was supported by project QK1910028 from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic and by institutional funding RVO60077344.
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Petrzik, K., Vacek, J., Brázdová, S. et al. Diversity of limestone bacteriophages infecting Dickeya solani isolated in the Czech Republic. Arch Virol 166, 1171–1175 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00705-020-04926-7