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Dr. William J. Stark

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Biological Sciences

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1st Empirical Graduate

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Amphibians are one of the most threatened groups of organisms worldwide, per the International Union for Conservation of Nature. A disease known as chytridiomycosis has been linked to population declines worldwide. Incidence of the fungus has recently been reported at three locations in south-central Kansas. The objective of our study was to assess the status of chytrid throughout the state of Kansas. In 2015-2016 we conducted surveys at multiple locations. We used real-time PCR to analyze swabs collected at each location. Preliminary results show chytrid present at 4 locations in Kansas. We will continue to analyze samples to determine aspects of life history that might increase the potential for infection.

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Fungus and Frogs: Preliminary Analysis of a Survey of Chytrid in Kansas

Amphibians are one of the most threatened groups of organisms worldwide, per the International Union for Conservation of Nature. A disease known as chytridiomycosis has been linked to population declines worldwide. Incidence of the fungus has recently been reported at three locations in south-central Kansas. The objective of our study was to assess the status of chytrid throughout the state of Kansas. In 2015-2016 we conducted surveys at multiple locations. We used real-time PCR to analyze swabs collected at each location. Preliminary results show chytrid present at 4 locations in Kansas. We will continue to analyze samples to determine aspects of life history that might increase the potential for infection.