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About this book
About this book
Bacteriophages, or phages, are viruses that infect bacteria and are believed to be the most abundant and genetically diverse organisms on Earth. As such, their ecology is vast both in quantitative and qualitative terms. Their abundance makes an understanding of phage ecology increasingly relevant to bacterial ecosystem ecology, bacterial genomics and bacterial pathology. Abedon provides the first text on phage ecology for almost 20 years.
Written by leading experts, synthesizing the three key approaches to studying phage ecology, namely studying them in natural environments (in situ), experimentally in the lab, or theoretically using mathematical or computer models. With strong emphasis on microbial population biology and distilling cutting-edge research into basic principles, this book will complement other currently available volumes. It will therefore serve as an essential resource for graduate students and researchers, particularly those with an interest in phage ecology and evolutionary biology.
Preface; 1. Phage, ecology, evolution Stephen T. Abedon; Part I. Phage Ecology: 2. Bacteriophage: models for exploring basic principles of ecology Benjamin Kerr, Jevin West and Brendan J. M. Bohannan; 3. Phage population growth: constraints, games, adaptation Stephen T. Abedon; 4. Impact of spatial structure on phage population growth Stephen T. Abedon and John Yin; 5. Contribution of lysogeny, pseudolysogeny, and starvation to phage ecology Robert V. Miller and Martin J. Day; Part II. Phage Evolutionary Biology: 6. Phage evolutionary biology Siobain Duffy and Paul E. Turner; 7. Phage evolution Roger W. Hendrix; 8. Evolutionary ecology of multiple phage adsorption and infection Paul E. Turner and Siobain Duffy; 9. Patterns in phage experimental adaptation J. J. Bull; Part III. Phage Ecology in Environments: 10. Aquatic phage ecology T. Frede Thingstad, Gunnar Bratbak and Mikal Heldal; 11. Phage ecology of terrestrial environments Martin J. Day and Robert V. Miller; 12. Phage, bacteria, and food Lawrence D. Goodridge; 13. Interaction of bacteriophages with animals Carl R. Merril; 14. Phage ecology of bacterial pathogenesis Paul Hyman and Stephen T. Abedon; Part IV. Modeling Phage Ecology: 15. Modeling bacteriophage population growth David Stopar and Stephen T. Abedon; 16. Modeling phage plaque growth Stephen M. Krone and Stephen T. Abedon; 17. Modeling of bacteriophage therapy Jason J. Gill.
Stephen T. Abedon is Associate Professor of Microbiology at The Ohio State University, He contributed to the editing of The Bacteriophages (2006) and founded the Bacteriophage Ecology Group at http://www.phage.org to encourage collaboration and to provide a central resource for the bacteriophage community.