Disease exposure and antifungal bacteria on skin of invasive Cane toads, Australia

Chava L. Weitzman*, Mirjam Kaestli, Karen Gibb, Gregory P. Brown, Richard Shine, Keith Christian

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    Abstract

    Cane toads, an invasive species in Australia, are resistant to fungal pathogens affecting frogs worldwide (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). From toad skin swabs, we detected higher proportions of bacteria with antifungal properties in Queensland, where toad and pathogen distributions overlap, than in other sites. This finding suggests that site-specific pathogen pressures help shape skin microbial communities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1770-1771
    Number of pages2
    JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
    Volume25
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

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