Nov 19, 2022
There have been dramatic declines in amphibian populations
around the world, and one of the culprits is the disease
Chytridiomycosis. This is a skin disease of amphibians caused
by two different species of Batrachochytrium fungi, and it
has decimated frog and salamander populations and even driven some
Dr. Anat Belasen is a post-doctoral scientist at the University of Texas Austin who studies Chytridiomycosis. Dr. Belasen discusses how some amphibians are highly susceptible to this disease whereas others are resistant, why amphibian skin is so important for their well-being, how frogs can be considered a biological indicator of the health of an ecosystem, how farmed bullfrogs may be spreading the disease around the world, how genetic susceptibility screening and microbiomes may be used to try and stop the population decline, and how she’s been a frog lover for her entire life.
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