Researchers reveal global extent of frog-killing fungus with new genetic test

Small green frog with red feet sits on a leaf
A Rhacophorus bimaculatus frog, native to the Philippines. Photo credit: Rafe Brown & Jason Fernandez

To do scientific detective work, you need the right tools. In a new study coauthored by Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg and three former Department of Biology graduate students, scientists revealed a genetic test that allowed them to draw a worldwide map of a deadly frog fungus in its various forms. That information, along with future discoveries made possible by the new method, may help scientists answer some long-standing mysteries about the amphibian epidemic.

“This is a really important moment that could help us better understand the worst case of a disease in vertebrates in recorded history,” said Vredenburg.

Read more about the study on the SF State News site