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Lehigh University

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Spring 2020

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Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology


Recent years have shown a rapid decline in global frog populations. Among other issues, one main cause of these declines has been linked to chytridiomycosis, a disease caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd. The discovery of this fungus is relatively recent in the field of herpetology, and thus there is much still unknown about the disease such as its distribution and what causes certain areas and species to be more susceptible to it. A systematic literature review was conducted to see where the state of the research is currently, in order to gain a better view of the possibilities for future management of the disease. This paper reviewed the research that has been done so far, taking note of geographical ranges studied, species studied, age of individuals studied, and methodology of studies, including ethical considerations. Gaps in the research include effective mitigation methods to be used in situ, leading to a suggestion for potential future research in this realm.


Biodiversity | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Research Methods in Life Sciences | Zoology


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