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It’s all about the “Science”

It’s all about the “Science”
Foundation-Funded Research Team Featured in Premier Journal

First published in 1880 with financial support from Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, Science magazine remains one of the world’s most recognized and respected scientific publications. Science publishes peer-reviewed groundbreaking scientific research and research reviews. A recent issues features work conducted by Morris Animal Foundation–researchers at the Zoological Society of London.

Led by principal investigator Dr. Trenton Garner of the Zoological Society of London, researchers began research in September of 2011 to examine whether the trade in ornamental amphibians was introducing the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) to wild amphibian populations.

B. dendrobatidis has devastated amphibian populations worldwide, leading to global declines and raising concern about extinction of species. Dr. Garner and his team set out to better understand how this fungus spreads through the global amphibian trade, specifically between Europe and the United States. 

From this work, the team participated in the discovery of a recently emerged chytrid fungus that has been decimating populations of European salamanders. Although work is still underway to better understand the dynamics and spread of this new threat to amphibians, data so far point to the large net cast by the global pet trade. 

“New and highly virulent diverse pathogens that affect amphibians are suddenly emerging across Europe,” Dr. Garner says.  ”By funding studies of recognized variants of these threats to amphibian biodiversity, Morris Animal Foundation is a key partner in ensuring we have the research capacity to rapidly respond to these new threats.” Click here to read the abstract  

“Morris Animal Foundation is proud to support Dr. Garner and his team’s groundbreaking work and their dedication to help amphibians,” said Dr. Diane Brown, chief scientific officer for Morris Animal Foundation. “Being published in Science magazine garners international recognition of their work, and we applaud the research team on this project.”

By: Allen Byrne

Categories: Animal studies
November 19, 2014