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Preliminary observations on the concentration of marine bacteriophages in the water around Helgoland

  • K. Moebus1
Helgoländer Meeresuntersuchungen45:BF02367176


In a preliminary survey, conducted between August 28 and October 9, 1990, the concentration of bacteriophages in seawater sampled at intervals of 1 to 4 days near Helgoland (station Kabeltonne) was determined by using indicator bacteria which had been isolated from seawater sampled only some weeks before. With a number of bacterial strains, phage concentrations ranging between 2 and 7×102ml−1 were found. However, during the course of this investigation maximal concentrations lasted for a few days only. With most indicator bacteria employed, the concentration of plaque-forming units (PFU) varied in the range of <1 and 20–30 PFU ml−1.