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Micropredators dictate occurrence of deadly amphibian disease

Researchers have made progress in understanding the distribution of the deadly amphibian chytrid pathogen. In some regions, the deadly impact of the pathogen appears to be hampered by small predators, naturally occurring in freshwater bodies. These micropredators may efficiently reduce the number of free-swimming infectious stages (zoospores) by consuming them. This natural behavior will reduce the infection pressure on potential amphibian hosts. These results were published in the Cell Press jo…

Fuente : http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/hcf…

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