Plos Pathogens publishes collaborative research on infection risk for Eastern newts

Map of infection risk

Invasion risk of Bsal into Eastern newt populations adjusting for temperature-dependent susceptibility.

Dr. Molly Bletz, Brandon LaBumbard, and Dr. Douglas C. Woodhams publish results in Plos Pathogens. Eastern newts are found to be highly susceptible to the emerging fungal pathogen, Bsal. Environmental temperature has a key role in the epidemiology.

Carter ED, Bletz MC, Le Sage M, LaBumbard B, Rollins-Smith LA, Woodhams DC, Miller DL, Gray MJ. (2021) Winter is coming–Temperature affects immune defenses and susceptibility to Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans. PLoS Pathogens 17(2): e1009234. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1009234

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Douglas C. Woodhams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
UMass Boston | Department of Biology
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Boston, Massachusetts 02125
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