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Catherine L. Searle, Joseph R. Mendelson III, Linda E. Green and Meghan A. Duffy Daphnia predation on the amphibian chytrid fungus and its impacts on disease risk in tadpoles Ecology and Evolution 3

Version of Record online: 23 SEP 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.777

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We tested the ability of two species of freshwater crustacean (Daphnia magna and D. dentifera) to consume zoospores of the amphibian parasite, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), and to reduce parasite density in water and infection in tadpoles. In a series of laboratory experiments, we allowed Daphnia to graze in water containing Bd, then exposed tadpoles to the grazed water. Our results show that Daphnia can reduce Bd levels in water and infection in tadpoles, but these effects vary with species, algal concentration and Daphnia density.

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