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Spatial And Temporal Patterns Of Amphibian Chytrid Fungus Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis Occupancy In Amphibian Habitats, Tara Chestnut Jan 2013

Spatial And Temporal Patterns Of Amphibian Chytrid Fungus Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis Occupancy In Amphibian Habitats, Tara Chestnut

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Chytrid fungi are the most ancestral of the fungi and are global in distribution. There are over 1200 species of Chytridiomycota described from freshwater, marine and terrestrial systems in temperate, tropical and tundra environments. Chytridiales are characterized by a range of morphologies and share the flask- or pot-like shape of the zoosporangia, within which motile zoospores develop. Chytrids function primarily as plant saprobes and parasites, but some also parasitize animals. Chytrids are observed in conjunction with the decline of freshwater and marine algal blooms, they decompose excess pollen, and comprise the fungal flora in gut of herbivores. Some chytrids also …