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p. 827. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidislocked

  • Marta L. Wayne
  •  and Benjamin M. Bolker

Abstract

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is a fungal pathogen that infects many different amphibian species, driving some of them to extinction. ‘Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis’ considers the physiology and natural history of this emerging pathogen; its discovery in the late 1990s in Australia and Central America; and the concepts and strategies used to try to determine its origins. Has it arrived relatively recently in the communities it was destroying, or did it lie dormant in those communities for millennia before suddenly beginning to cause harm? The debate between the novel pathogen hypothesis and the endemic pathogen hypothesis, versions of which apply to most emerging diseases of wildlife, is ongoing.

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