Understanding and managing resistance to the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Australian tropical rainforest frogs [ 2009 - 2011 ]

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Researchers Prof RA Alford; Dr M Hagman

Brief description The fungal disease chytridiomycosis can infect at least 48 Australian native frog species and is listed as a threatening process under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. It caused catastrophic declines in 12 frog species in Queensland between 1979 and 1994, and is probably responsible for continuing declines in many more species in most states. A few species and populations have recovered following declines, indicating that they have increased their resistance to the disease. Understanding these increases in resistance should allow us to develop ways to control the disease in other species, helping to protect Australia against this invasive and highly destructive disease.

Funding Amount $490,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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