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Keywords:

  • antimicrobial peptide;
  • Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis;
  • disease ecology;
  • Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum;
  • Panama;
  • skin defense;
  • symbiotic microbiota

ABSTRACT

Amphibian embryos are at risk of microbial infection. Here we find evidence that innate immune defenses, both antimicrobial skin peptides and mutualistic microbiota, of adult glass frogs, Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphyllum, can be transmitted to embryos deposited on leaves above rain forest streams in Panama and can inhibit the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.

Abstract in Spanish is available at http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/btp.