Find the Killer Frog Fungus

Rapid detection of two globally emerging pathogenic chytrid fungi, the cause of global amphibian declines and extinction
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Field detection of disease

Royal Veterinary College, Institute of Zoology; Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust; University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno
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Onsite detection of chytrid fungus in amphibians

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Jonathan Kolby [0]
Alexandria, United States
Tom Quigley [3201]
Community Manager
Conservation X Labs
Washington, United States
Jonathan Kolby [0]
Alexandria, United States
Tom Quigley [3201]
Community Manager
Conservation X Labs
Washington, United States