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Updated: Jan 10

(c) Frank Pasmans

Several members of our Wildlife Health Ghent team are diving into a new research project investigating the role of skin glycosylation patterns on salamander resistance to disease. Indeed, our group recently discovered that the galactose content in salamander skin correlates with the intensity of infection by the fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, responsible for the deadly chytridiomycosis disease. Investigating the variability of hereditary skin glycosylation patterns could allow the selection of resistant salamanders and thus opens new avenues for curbing disease-driven loss of biodiversity.

To learn more about this new research, visit the project’s page at: 

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