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Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis in Northwestern Baja California: An Examination of Incidence and Prevalence in Three Anuran Communities

Award Period: 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 to Saturday, September 30, 2017

Award Amount: 

$17 100

Agency Name: 

UC Mexus

Award Number: 

SB160014

PI First Name: 

Cheryl

PI last name: 

Briggs

Area/s of Research: 

Abstract: 

PROJECT GOALS

Assess inter-specific dynamics of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection in three anuran communities in northwestern Baja California.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

1. Examine Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection prevalence and intensity between frog and toad species in three communities (Rana draytonii, Anaxyrus boreas, Anaxyrus californicus, Spea hammondii, and Pseudacris hypochondriaca).

2. Examine Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection prevalence and intensity between seasons.

3. Determine if there is a relationship between temperature and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection prevalence and intensity among seasons.

4. Determine if the exotic species American Bullfrog is acting as disease reservoir for Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

5. Determine the phylogenetic origin of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis strains currently present in Baja California.