Skin bacteria could save frogs from emerging diseases

Frogs are dying all over the world due to an amphibian disease called chyitridiomycosis. Skin bacteria isolated from amphibians are able to inhibit the growth of the pathogen that is responsible for this disease.

We are currently isolating bacterial strains from the skin of tropical frogs with the aim of identifying beneficial bacteria that could have a role in protection against pathogens. These bacterial species can potentially be used as probiotics to help susceptible amphibians contend against pathogens like Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, Bd.

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