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The mysterious aquatic fungus B.
dendrobatidis is known as the "frog chytrid" because it inhabits the
skin of amphibians and has been implicated in population declines
worldwide. University of Maine mycologist Joyce Longcore has been
studying chytrid fungi for decades. Indeed, she was one of the first to
identify the frog chytrid after veterinary pathologists found that it
was responsible for killing frogs in captivity and in the wild. Today in
her laboratory, she maintains what is probably the most comprehensive
collection of chytrid fungi in the world, including strains of the frog
chytrid. She shares her cultures with scientists who are racing to find
out how the frog fungus kills and spreads among populations.