Research turns up hints about deadly amphibian fungal illness

09/26/2013 | PhysOrg.com

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the skin fungus decimating amphibian populations worldwide, is endemic in Missouri but not epidemic, allowing biology professor Kevin Smith and his team to step back and look at ecological factors associated with the pathogen. The resulting study found there are statistical connections among ponds where the fungus is present and raised questions about whether invertebrates might be reservoirs for the fungus. "Alternative hosts and reservoirs have been a key missing piece in our understanding of chytrid epidemiology," Smith noted.

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