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"Not all strains of the fungus are created equal,” says Dr. Molly Bletz, our new Director of International Disease Mitigation at ASA, and co-author of this critical new study, which tracks the frog-killing fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd).
“Given that different genetic variants are deadlier than others, and that hybridization of mild strains can lead to more harmful strains, knowing what is where is crucial for informing policy decisions, management and mitigation of this fungus", continues Molly Bletz. #chytrid
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