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Project information

[Project name/title]
Ecological and genetic determinants of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) emergence in European amphibian populations.


[Project description/overview]


Location:
Europe

Project type:
Scientific research

Relevant EDGE species:
Mallorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis)

Project members:
Trent Garner




Relevant species
56. Mallorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis) VU

Previously thought to have gone extinct over 2,000 years ago, this “living fossil” was rediscovered in 1977.

[Relevance description]
Aims
To describe the distribution of Bd in Europe and determine what factors are associated with species die-offs and infection
 
Project summary
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is a globally emerged amphibian pathogen causing species extinctions. We are mapping the distribution of the fungus in Europe and determining its effects on Europe's amphibians.
 
Timescales
Start date: 2004
Duration: Ongoing
Project members
Dr Trent Garner : Researcher

Trent is a specialist in amphibian disease and ecology

[Member role description]
Other key species
Common Midwife Toad (Alytes obstetricans)
Common Toad (Bufo bufo
Sardinian Brook Salamander (Euproctus platycephalus)
Tyrrhenian Painted Frog (Discoglossus sardus)
American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra
Alpine Newt (Triturus alpestris)
Palmate Newt (Triturus helveticus)
Smooth Newt (Triturus vulgaris)
 
Project partners
Imperial College Zirichiltaggi Universität Zürich Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid Durrell Jersey Zoo Parc National des Pyrenees
 
Donors
NERC, PTES, IUCN, SEH
 
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