Early 1900s detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Korean amphibians

Jonathan, Julio FONG, Tina L. CHENG, Arnaud BATAILLE, Allan P. PESSIER, Bruce WALDMAN, Vance T. VREDENBURG

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Abstract

The pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis ( Bd ) is a major conservation concern because of its role in decimating amphibian populations worldwide. We used quantitative PCR to screen 244 museum specimens from the Korean Peninsula, collected between 1911 and 2004, for the presence of Bd to gain insight into its history in Asia. Three specimens of Rugosa emeljanovi (previously Rana or Glandirana rugosa ), collected in 1911 from Wonsan, North Korea, tested positive for Bd . Histology of these positive specimens revealed mild hyperkeratosis – a non-specific host response commonly found in Bd -infected frogs – but no Bd zoospores or zoosporangia. Our results indicate that Bd was present in Korea more than 100 years ago, consistent with hypotheses suggesting that Korean amphibians may be infected by endemic Asian Bd strains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Chytridiomycota
Histology
Museums
Amphibians
Fungi
Korean Peninsula
amphibians
Conservation
North Korea
hyperkeratosis
zoospores
histology
frogs
quantitative polymerase chain reaction
history
fungi
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Ranidae
Korea
Glandirana rugosa

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FONG, J. J., CHENG, T. L., BATAILLE, A., PESSIER, A. P., WALDMAN, B., & VREDENBURG, V. T. (2015). Early 1900s detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Korean amphibians. PLoS ONE, 10(3), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0115656
FONG, Jonathan, Julio ; CHENG, Tina L. ; BATAILLE, Arnaud ; PESSIER, Allan P. ; WALDMAN, Bruce ; VREDENBURG, Vance T. / Early 1900s detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Korean amphibians. In: PLoS ONE. 2015 ; Vol. 10, No. 3. pp. 1-8.
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