Using Tiger Salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum) to Explore the History of the Fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis as an Emerging Infectious Pathogen in Arizona
|Abstract||Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) in vulnerable populations are a proposed cause of reduced global biodiversity due to local and regional extinctions. Chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease caused by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), is affecting amphibian populations worldwide.
Chapter 1 of this thesis reports using lab-raised larval tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum), collected as eggs, to test if Bd infects them. Bd infects metamorphosed tiger salamanders; however, it is currently unknown if larvae can be infected by Bd. Adult frogs tend to host Bd on ventral surfaces and hind legs while tadpoles host Bd in keratinized mouthparts. No research has considered differences in infection between life stages of salamanders. It ... (more)
|Contributor||Otsuru, Shinji Author (Author) / Collins, James P (Advisor) / Davidson, Elizabeth (Committee member) / Pratt, Stephen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)|
|Subject||Ecology / Epidemiology / amphibian fungal pathogen / fungal pathogen / infectious disease / salamander|
|Note||Masters Thesis Biology 2019|
|Collaborating Institutions||Graduate College / ASU Library|
|Additional Formats||MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS|