Aquatic Microfauna Eat Frog-Killing Fungus

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Dr. Catherine Searle, a post-doctoral research scientist in the Duffy lab was recently interviewed for The-Scientist.com about the role that Daphnia spp. play in consuming Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), a fungal pathogen that infects amphibians and is affecting populations worldwide.

The interview was sparked by a paper by Searle et. al., recently published in Ecology and Evolution titled “Daphnia predation on the amphibian chytrid fungus and its impacts on disease risk in tadpoles.”

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Daphnia magna (left) and Daphnia dentifera (right). Photo credit: Isabella Oleksy

Daphnia magna (left) and Daphnia dentifera (right). Photo credit: Isabella Oleksy

 

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