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Cool indeed. For GTAs, the bacteria co-opted phage heads, and here they use the tails. As to your question, I really don't have an answer. You are wondering if you could isolate a whole bunch of them, store them, and use them later as antibiotics or bacteriocidal agents? I could find no info about their stability. For commercial application as a biocontrol agent against the New Zealand grass grub, they use a storable form of the pyocin-producing Bacteria.

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