Project

From process to pattern: bridging infection dynamics between terrestrial and aquatic systems to assess invasion potential of an emerging pathogen.

Duration
01 October 2015 → 30 September 2017
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Scientific computing
    • Bioinformatics and computational biology
    • Ecology
    • Microbiology
    • Systems biology
    • Environmental science and management
    • Other environmental sciences
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Bioinformatics and computational biology
    • Immunology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Bioinformatics and computational biology
    • Immunology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Public health care
    • Public health services
    • Bioinformatics and computational biology
    • Immunology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
  • Engineering and technology
    • Scientific computing
Keywords
ecology host-pathogen relationships laboratory trails ecological modeling invasive species niche mesocosms
 
Project description

The chytrid Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) is an invasive species in the Netherlands and Belgium. This fungus causes extreme die-offs among populations of native salamander species, and is expanding southwards. The proposed, interdisciplinary research covers a combination of laboratory- and mesocosm experiments and ecological modeling to assess potential invasion success of Bsal, aiming to support mitigation strategies to halt its expansion.