The emperor’s new clothes – are chytrid fungi leaving amphibians naked?
Thanks to funding from the Leverhulme Trust, our new research project to document and record the extent of diversity among amphibian-infecting chytrids is starting in 2015. This is a two year project and we want to build a global network of researchers to establish what chytrids exist, where they exist, to what extent they cause disease, and how they react when they meet another chytrid.
The spatial epidemiology and molecular evolution of panzootic amphibian chytridiomycosis
Funded by NERC, this three year project seeks to understand the origin of BdGPL and related lineages using comparative phylogenetic methods. We also aim to experimentally determine how changes in rates of evolution have led to the dramatic variations in virulence seen between different lineages of Bd. This work will shed light on novel evolutionary processes driving contemporary epizootics and epidemics, with implications far beyond amphibian Chytridiomycosis. Increasing our understanding of these processes is essential to managing and preventing emerging fungal disease threats across the animal and plant kingdoms.