Cold lability of Bacillus cereus bacteriophage CP 51

C. B. Thorne, S. C. Holt

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Phage CP 51 was rapidly inactivated when stored at the usual refrigerator temperatures (2 to 4 C) and even more rapidly when exposed to 0 C. The loss in viability resulting from exposure to cold appeared to correlate with the increase in number of phage particles having contracted tails. High concentrations (0.01 M) of Mg2+, Ca2+ or Mn2+ stabilzed the phage considerably, but even in the presence of these divalent cations, it was much less stable at 0 C than at 15 C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1008-1012
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1974
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology


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