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Evaluating Ecological Restoration Success: A Review of the Literature
Assessing the success of ecological restoration projects is critical to justify the use of restoration in natural resource management and to improve best practice. Although there are extensive…
The Impact of Conservation on the Status of the World’s Vertebrates
Though the threat of extinction is increasing, overall declines would have been worse in the absence of conservation, and current conservation efforts remain insufficient to offset the main drivers of biodiversity loss in these groups.
Geographic variation in life history characteristics of amphibians : a review
Summary 1. This review examines the intraspecific patterns and differences in life-history traits of amphibian populations living at different altitudes and latitudes. Specifically we examined…
The Novel and Endemic Pathogen Hypotheses: Competing Explanations for the Origin of Emerging Infectious Diseases of Wildlife
Current evidence suggests chytridiomycosis may be a novel pathogen being spread worldwide by carriers; until the authors know how much genetic variation to expect in an endemic strain, however, it cannot yet conclude that B. dendrobatidis is a novel Pathogen.
The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is non‐randomly distributed across amphibian breeding habitats
Findings provide strong support for the hypothesis that B. dendrobatidis was responsible for many of the unexplained disappearances of stream-breeding amphibian populations in recent decades, and will enable wildlife managers to more accurately focus conservation efforts on those species at highest risk of disease-related decline.
Large‐scale seasonal variation in the prevalence and severity of chytridiomycosis
Large-scale seasonal fluctuations in chytridiomycosis levels will strongly influence conservation programs and amphibian disease research.
Techniques for detecting chytridiomycosis in wild frogs: comparing histology with real-time Taqman PCR.
- K. Kriger, H. Hines, A. Hyatt, D. Boyle, J. Hero
- Biology, Environmental ScienceDiseases of aquatic organisms
- 25 July 2006
It is concluded that the swab-PCR technique is the more reliable means of detecting chytridiomycosis in wild amphibians, and that it precludes the need for toe-clipping as a means of sampling for the presence of the disease in future surveys.
Is Chytridiomycosis an Emerging Infectious Disease in Asia?
A widespread, opportunistic survey of over 3,000 amphibians for Bd throughout Asia and adjoining Papua New Guinea suggests that Bd is either newly emerging in Asia, endemic at low prevalence, or that some other ecological factor is preventing Bd from fully invading Asian amphibians.
Detecting climate change induced range shifts: where and how should we be looking?
Global climate warming is expected to cause systematic shifts in the distribution of species and consequently increase extinction risk. Conservation managers must be able to detect, measure and…
Latitudinal Variation in the Prevalence and Intensity of Chytrid (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) Infection in Eastern Australia
- K. Kriger, F. Pereoglou, J. Hero
- Environmental ScienceConservation biology : the journal of the Society…
- 1 October 2007
Small frogs were more likely to be infected and carried more intense infections than larger frogs, suggesting either that frogs can outgrow their chytrid infections or that the disease induces developmental stress that limits growth.