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Elevated temperature clears chytrid fungus infections from tadpoles of the midwife toad, Alytes obstetricans


Geiger, C C; Küpfer, E; Schär, S; Wolf, S; Schmidt, B R (2011). Elevated temperature clears chytrid fungus infections from tadpoles of the midwife toad, Alytes obstetricans. Amphibia-Reptilia, 32(2):276-280.

Abstract

The amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is sensitive to high temperature. Hence, exposing amphibians to high temperature may be a method to clear Bd infection. However, the effect of exposure to elevated
temperature has never been tested in larval stages or temperate species.We experimentally exposed tadpoles of the toad Alytes obstetricans to low, medium and high temperatures and found that most, but not all, tadpoles lost the infection when exposed to temperatures higher than 26◦C for 5 days. Thus, exposure to elevated temperatures can be used to treat tadpoles against Bd infection.

Abstract

The amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is sensitive to high temperature. Hence, exposing amphibians to high temperature may be a method to clear Bd infection. However, the effect of exposure to elevated
temperature has never been tested in larval stages or temperate species.We experimentally exposed tadpoles of the toad Alytes obstetricans to low, medium and high temperatures and found that most, but not all, tadpoles lost the infection when exposed to temperatures higher than 26◦C for 5 days. Thus, exposure to elevated temperatures can be used to treat tadpoles against Bd infection.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:04 May 2011 12:50
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:54
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:0173-5373
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/017353711X556970

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