Virologica Sinica

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 260–265 | Cite as

The first isolation of a cyanophage-Synechococcus system from the East China Sea

  • Yan Zhang
  • Min Xu
  • Yijun Zhao
  • Kai ChengEmail author
Research Article


A cyanophage strain and its host Synechococcus were isolated from the East China Sea. The host Synechococcus sp. SJ01 was characterized by its 16S rRNA, ITS, and psbA gene sequences as well as by its morphological appearance and pigmentation. The cyanophage, strain S-SJ2, was able to cause a lytic infection of the coastal Synechococcus. TEM of negative-stained specimens showed that the phage isolate has an isometric head with a diameter of 68 nm and a long tail with a length of 280 nm. The cyanophage-Synechococcus system from the East China Sea shares many properties with other marine cyanophage-Synechococcus systems worldwide.


Synechococcus sp. Cyanophage East China Sea 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Life ScienceCentral China Normal UniversityWuhanChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Fermentation Engineering (Ministry of Education), Hubei Provincial Cooperative Innovation Center of Industrial Fermentation, College of Resources and Environmental EngineeringHubei University of TechnologyWuhanChina

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