Assessing host extinction risk following exposure to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

  title={Assessing host extinction risk following exposure to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.},
  author={Stilianos Louca and Margarita Lampo and Michael Doebeli},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={281 1785},
Wildlife diseases are increasingly recognized as a major threat to biodiversity. Chytridiomycosis is an emerging infectious disease of amphibians caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). Using a mathematical model and simulations, we study its effects on a generic riparian host population with a tadpole and adult life stage. An analytical expression for the basic reproduction quotient, Qo, of the pathogen is derived. By sampling the entire relevant parameter space, we perform a… CONTINUE READING
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