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Editorial on virus ecology and disturbances: impact of environmental disruption on the viruses of microorganisms
- Allen, Heather K., Abedon, Stephen T.
- Frontiers in microbiology 2014 v.5 no.article 700 pp. 1-2
- environmental impact, bacteriophages, microbial ecology, community ecology, microbial genetics, technology, bacteria
- Viruses of microorganisms (VoMs) can be both responsive to and the source of change in their environment. Defining the diverse VoMs in an environment has become easier with the advent of various new technologies, so analyzing VoM populations or communities involved with disturbances could be the next step to drive research forward. Contributions assembled in this Research Topic explore the effects of disturbances on one type of VoM, the bacteriophages (phages), as well as disturbances caused by phages. The collection opens with an editorial describing the importance of change to life on earth, and by defining the multiple levels on which change can occur: genetic, organismal, and environmental (Allen and Abedon, 2013). We have arranged and introduced the manuscripts in this collection based on which of these levels they address.