The chytrid fungus and frogs

The disease chytridiomycosis is caused by the amphibian chytrid fungus and has emerged throughout much of the world causing declines and extinctionsin many species of frogs. We are studying populations of rainforest frogs in tropical north Queensland and Papua New Guinea to look at the distribution of the fungus, variation in susceptibility and reservoirs in pathogen persistence as well as examining peptides on frog skin as potential avenues to explore disease. Previous research with the fungus has also looked at factors causing disease.