Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans - a new species of pathogenic chytrid fungus

An Martel and her team have discoverd -in collaboration with RACE team member Mat Fisher- a new species of chytrid fungus and named it Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bs). Bs was found to be pathogenic to fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) where is cause a rapid population decline. Read more here: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2013/09/02/fire-salamanders-netherlands-fungus/ http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_2-9-2013-11-41-0 The pdf of the article is available here: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/08/28/1307356110.abstract