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Landscape context influences chytrid fungus distribution in an endangered European amphibian [Animal conservation]

Keywords: Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, chytrid fungus, disease surveillance, land-use change, ponds, wildlife disease, yellow-bellied toad

by Frédéric Magné - published on , updated on

Wildlife disease is an emerging threat to biodiversity. The amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which causes the disease chytridiomycosis, has been documented in over 500 amphibian species globally. Understanding conditions under which amphibians are vulnerable to Bd is important for evaluating species risk and developing surveillance strategies. Here, we investigate the spatial distribution of Bd infection in the ephemeral pond-breeding yellow-bellied toad Bombina variegata, a species of high conservation concern in the European Union.(...)

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