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Waterfowl: potential environmental reservoirs of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

An Garmyn UGent, Pascale Van Rooij UGent, Frank Pasmans UGent, Tom Hellebuyck UGent, Wim Van Den Broeck UGent, Freddy Haesebrouck UGent and An Martel UGent (2012) PLOS ONE. 7(4).
abstract
Infections with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (B. dendrobatidis), the causal agent of chytridiomycosis, have been shown to play an important role in the decline of amphibians worldwide. Spread of the fungus is poorly understood. Bird movement might possibly contribute to the spread of B. dendrobatidis in the environment. Therefore, 397 wild geese in Belgium were screened for presence of B. dendrobatidis on their toes using real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). In addition, chemotaxis towards, adhesion, survival after desiccation and proliferation of B. dendrobatidis on keratinous toe scales from waterfowl were examined in vitro. qPCR revealed that 76 geese (15%) were positive for B. dendrobatidis. Results of the in vitro tests showed that B. dendrobatidis is attracted to the keratinous toes of aquatic birds on which they can adhere and even proliferate. However, desiccation is poorly tolerated. This suggests waterfowl are potential environmental reservoirs for B. dendrobatidis.
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keyword
PATHOGENESIS, DISEASE, AMPHIBIAN DECLINES, CHYTRIDIOMYCOSIS
journal title
PLOS ONE
PLoS One
volume
7
issue
4
article_number
e35038
pages
5 pages
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000305341600111
JCR category
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
3.73 (2012)
JCR rank
7/56 (2012)
JCR quartile
1 (2012)
ISSN
1932-6203
DOI
10.1371/journal.pone.0035038
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
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3005784
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3005784
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2012-10-03 17:19:53
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2012-10-08 16:58:43
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  abstract     = {Infections with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (B. dendrobatidis), the causal agent of chytridiomycosis, have been shown to play an important role in the decline of amphibians worldwide. Spread of the fungus is poorly understood. Bird movement might possibly contribute to the spread of B. dendrobatidis in the environment. Therefore, 397 wild geese in Belgium were screened for presence of B. dendrobatidis on their toes using real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). In addition, chemotaxis towards, adhesion, survival after desiccation and proliferation of B. dendrobatidis on keratinous toe scales from waterfowl were examined in vitro. qPCR revealed that 76 geese (15\%) were positive for B. dendrobatidis. Results of the in vitro tests showed that B. dendrobatidis is attracted to the keratinous toes of aquatic birds on which they can adhere and even proliferate. However, desiccation is poorly tolerated. This suggests waterfowl are potential environmental reservoirs for B. dendrobatidis.},
  articleno    = {e35038},
  author       = {Garmyn, An and Van Rooij, Pascale and Pasmans, Frank and Hellebuyck, Tom and Van Den Broeck, Wim and Haesebrouck, Freddy and Martel, An},
  issn         = {1932-6203},
  journal      = {PLOS ONE},
  keyword      = {PATHOGENESIS,DISEASE,AMPHIBIAN DECLINES,CHYTRIDIOMYCOSIS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {5},
  title        = {Waterfowl: potential environmental reservoirs of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0035038},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Garmyn, An, Pascale Van Rooij, Frank Pasmans, Tom Hellebuyck, Wim Van Den Broeck, Freddy Haesebrouck, and An Martel. 2012. “Waterfowl: Potential Environmental Reservoirs of the Chytrid Fungus Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis.” Plos One 7 (4).
APA
Garmyn, A., Van Rooij, P., Pasmans, F., Hellebuyck, T., Van Den Broeck, W., Haesebrouck, F., & Martel, A. (2012). Waterfowl: potential environmental reservoirs of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. PLOS ONE, 7(4).
Vancouver
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Garmyn A, Van Rooij P, Pasmans F, Hellebuyck T, Van Den Broeck W, Haesebrouck F, et al. Waterfowl: potential environmental reservoirs of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. PLOS ONE. 2012;7(4).
MLA
Garmyn, An, Pascale Van Rooij, Frank Pasmans, et al. “Waterfowl: Potential Environmental Reservoirs of the Chytrid Fungus Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis.” PLOS ONE 7.4 (2012): n. pag. Print.