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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