Growth Characteristics and Enzyme Activity in Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Isolates

  title={Growth Characteristics and Enzyme Activity in Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Isolates},
  author={Emma P Symonds and Darren J. Trott and Philip S. Bird and Paul C. Mills},
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is a member of the phylum Chytridiomycota and the causative organism chytridiomycosis, a disease of amphibians associated with global population declines and mass mortality events. The organism targets keratin-forming epithelium in adult and larval amphibians, which suggests that keratinolytic activity may be required to infect amphibian hosts. To investigate this hypothesis, we tested 10 isolates of B. dendrobatidis for their ability to grow on a range of keratin… 

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