Journal article

Experimental evolution alters the rate and temporal pattern of population growth in Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a lethal fungal pathogen of amphibians

Jamie Voyles, Leah R Johnson, Cheryl J Briggs, Scott D Cashins, Ross A Alford, Lee Berger, Lee F Skerratt, Rick Speare, Erica Bree Rosenblum

ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION | WILEY | Published : 2014

Abstract

Virulence of infectious pathogens can be unstable and evolve rapidly depending on the evolutionary dynamics of the organism. Experimental evolution can be used to characterize pathogen evolution, often with the underlying objective of understanding evolution of virulence. We used experimental evolution techniques (serial transfer experiments) to investigate differential growth and virulence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), a fungal pathogen that causes amphibian chytridiomycosis. We tested two lineages of Bd that were derived from a single cryo-archived isolate; one lineage (P10) was passaged 10 times, whereas the second lineage (P50) was passaged 50 times. We quantified time to zoosp..

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