Rapid Global Expansion of the Fungal Disease Chytridiomycosis into Declining and Healthy Amphibian Populations

@article{James2009RapidGE,
  title={Rapid Global Expansion of the Fungal Disease Chytridiomycosis into Declining and Healthy Amphibian Populations},
  author={Timothy Y James and Anastasia P. Litvintseva and Rytas J. Vilgalys and Jess A. T. Morgan and John W Taylor and Matthew C. Fisher and Lee Berger and Ch{\'e} Weldon and Louis H. du Preez and Joyce E. Longcore},
  journal={PLoS Pathogens},
  year={2009},
  volume={5},
  pages={9031 - 9036}
}
The fungal disease chytridiomycosis, caused by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, is enigmatic because it occurs globally in both declining and apparently healthy (non-declining) amphibian populations. This distribution has fueled debate concerning whether, in sites where it has recently been found, the pathogen was introduced or is endemic. In this study, we addressed the molecular population genetics of a global collection of fungal strains from both declining and healthy amphibian populations… CONTINUE READING