Swabbing Often Fails to Detect Amphibian Chytridiomycosis under Conditions of Low Infection Load

Abstract

The pathogenic chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (denoted Bd), causes large-scale epizootics in naïve amphibian populations. Intervention strategies to rapidly respond to Bd incursions require sensitive and accurate diagnostic methods. Chytridiomycosis usually is assessed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) amplification of… (More)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111091

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