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Biologists explore link between amphibian behavior and deadly disease
Date:2/27/2013

s important because behavior could be a missing link in understanding how the disease can be better managed.

"Chytridiomycosis, the disease caused by Bd, is the worst vertebrate disease in history, and it's really difficult to predict which species will be affected and what we can do about saving those species," Vredenburg said. "The major factor that hasn't yet been studied in Bd disease ecology is the effects of the behavior of the host."

In addition to focusing on behavior, the researchers will test the skin of salamanders in the field to see whether some populations have beneficial symbiotic bacteria on their skin that may help them survive the fungus. This continues Vredenburg's previous research, which explores the possibility that treating endangered amphibians with beneficial bacteria could help them survive Bd outbreaks without dying.


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Contact: Elaine Bible
ebible@sfsu.edu
415-405-3606
San Francisco State University
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