African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5233

Full Length Research Paper

Nigerian phages: The first bacteriophages from Tropical Africa

Adeniran S. Koko1,3, Hans W. Ackermann2*, Monisola A. Taiwo1 and Sunday A. Omilabu1
1Department of Botany and Microbiology, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. 2Félix d'Hérelle Reference Center for Bacterial Viruses, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Québec, QC, G1K 7P4, Canada. 3Quest Diagnostics, West Hills, CA 91304, CA, USA.
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  •  Accepted: 28 March 2011
  •  Published: 18 August 2011


Fifteen morphological bacteriophage types were observed in enrichment cultures of sewage, surface water and human feces collected in Lagos, Nigeria. All phages were tailed and belonged to the Myoviridae, Siphoviridae or Podoviridae families. Most phages could be assigned to well-known morphotypes. Ten of them corresponded to phages of enterobacteria or pseudomonads. Four morphotypes (fKZ, T4, c, Jersey) prevailed in most samples. Most others occurred in traces only.


Key words: Bacteriophages, ecology, identification, morphotypes.