2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Assessing Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Infection Levels in the Amphibian Communities in Upland and Lowland Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems of Northern Calhoun County, Illinois
Peter J. Muelleman
Dr. Chad Montgomery , Faculty Mentor

Amphibians are declining worldwide due to a combination of factors, including, but not limited to, pollution, habitat loss, UVB radiation, overexploitation, and exotic species introduction. Of particular interest recently are the massive declines in which infection by the amphibian chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, has been implicated as a possible causative factor. During the spring and summer of 2008, we conducted an amphibian survey that included swabbing for the presence of chytrid fungus. Ten amphibian species were located at the site. 40 swabs from 2 species were tested for chytrid using PCR. 14 (29) Acris crepitans and 1 (11) Eurycea longicauda tested positive for chytrid infection. Chytrid Infections are discussed in relation to taxonomic, habitat, and life history differences between the 2 species.

Keywords: Batrachochytrium dendrobaditis, Chytrid

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 39-3
Location: VH 1408
Time: 1:45

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