Frogs vs fungus: the emergence of amphibian chytridiomycosis

Webb, Rebecca J., and Waddle, Anthony W. (2022) Frogs vs fungus: the emergence of amphibian chytridiomycosis. Microbiology Australia, 43 (4). pp. 169-172.

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By the late 1980s, widespread dramatic declines in amphibian populations were causing alarm. The culprit was identified as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), a chytrid fungus that infects the skin of various amphibian hosts, particularly anurans (frogs), and the first example of a chytridiomycete parasitising vertebrates. The disease, chytridiomycosis, has spread globally and is linked to the decline and extinction of many amphibian species. This review summarises the discovery of Bd, its emergence as a panzootic pathogen, and some current mitigation strategies to conserve amphibians.

Item ID: 77218
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2201-9189
Keywords: amphibian, Australia, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, chytridiomycosis, conservation, disease, frog, fungal, wildlife
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Author(s) (or their employer(s)). Published by CSIRO Publishing on behalf of the ASM. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND).
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2023 07:39
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31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310308 Terrestrial ecology @ 50%
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