Seasonal and ontogenetic variation of skinmicrobial communities and relationships to natural disease dynamics in declining amphibians
Longo, Ana V.
Savage, Anna E.
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Recently, microbiologists have focused on characterizing the probiotic role of skin bacteria for amphibians threatened by the fungal disease chytridiomycosis. However, the specific characteristics of microbial diversity required to maintain health or trigger disease are still not well understood in natural populations. We hypothesized that seasonal and developmental transitions affecting susceptibility to chytridiomycosis could also alter the stability of microbial assemblages.
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