Project

Resisting a cutaneous emerging infection: key to urodelan diversity conservation

Duration
01 June 2017 → 31 May 2020
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • Microbiology
    • Systems biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
    • Other veterinary sciences
    • Other agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
Keywords
resistance amphybian chytridiomycosis
 
Project description

The recent emergence of the lethal, cutaneous fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) poses an imminent threat to the survival of the vertebrate order of urodelans in the western Palearctic. This project will generate fundamental insights in host-pathogen interactions involved in susceptibility of the urodelan host to infection with Bsal. The skin receptors, skin antimycotic compounds and skin microbiota will be investigated and compared between susceptible and resistant salamander species. Our results will pave the way for the development of long-term sustainable mitigation measures