Frog skin microbiome

I am interested in determining the factors that influence the structure and function of skin microbial communities, and their role against the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, Bd.

This fungus has caused dramatic amphibian population declines all over the world. However, some frog species are persisting in lowland and highland tropical forests and interestingly some of these species harbor bacterial species that inhibit the growth of Bd in vitro. I am currently working on a multidisciplinary project describing the structure and function of microbial communities on the skin of tropical frogs from Panamá. We are studying three species of frogs that are persisting in the wild despite the presence of Bd. This could be key in understanding the factors that allow the survival of some species of amphibians.


2 thoughts on “Frog skin microbiome

  1. Good day Dr. Rebollar, my name is Bisbrian Nava and I am a doctorate student at UMSNH in México. I am interested in identifying the bacterial microbiota on some amphibian species in Michoacan and I would like to ask for your help in this matter, if possible. I want to learn the techniques to collect data from the field and the processing of samples, as well as the costs these include.
    I am very thankful for the time you give to my message, I will be waiting to hearing from you


    1. Hola Bisbrian

      Con gusto puedo responder a las preguntas que tengas. Mándame un correo a con tus dudas. También te recomiendo que leas métodos de los siguientes artículos:
      – Belden LK, Hughey MC, Rebollar EA, Umile TP, Loftus SC, Burzynski EA, Minbiole KPC, House LL, Jensen RV, Becker MH, Walke JB, Medina D, Ibáñez R and Harris RN, 2015. Panamanian frog species host unique skin bacterial communities. Frontiers in Microbiology. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.01171.

      –Rebollar EA, Hughey MC, Medina D, Harris RN, Ibáñez R and Belden LK, 2016. Skin bacterial diversity of Panamanian frogs is associated with host susceptibility and presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. ISME Journal. doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.234.

      Saludos y suerte


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