Larval exposure to predator cues alters immune function and response to a fungal pathogen in post-metamorphic wood frogs.

@article{Groner2013LarvalET,
  title={Larval exposure to predator cues alters immune function and response to a fungal pathogen in post-metamorphic wood frogs.},
  author={Maya L Groner and J C Buck and Stephanie S Gervasi and Andrew R. Blaustein and Laura Reinert and Louise A Rollins-Smith and Mark E Bier and John Hempel and Rick A. Relyea},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  year={2013},
  volume={23 6},
  pages={1443-54}
}
For the past several decades, amphibian populations have been decreasing around the globe at an unprecedented rate. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), the fungal pathogen that causes chytridiomycosis in amphibians, is contributing to amphibian declines. Natural and anthropogenic environmental factors are hypothesized to contribute to these declines by reducing the immunocompetence of amphibian hosts, making them more susceptible to infection. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) produced in the… CONTINUE READING
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