Woodhams lab contributes to Animal Microbiome publication

In a new study published in Animal Microbiome, the Woodhams lab contributed to the discovery that threatened amphibians carried lower skin bacterial diversity, after accounting for key environmental and host factors. The consistency of our findings across continents suggests the broad scale at which low bacteriome diversity may compromise pathogen defenses in species already burdened with the threat of extinction.

Greenspan SE, Peloso P, Fuentes-Gonzalez JA, Bletz M, Lyra ML, Machado IF, Martins RA, Medina D, Moura-Campos D, Neely WJ, Preuss J, Sturaro MJ, Vaz RI, Navas CA, Felipe Toledo L, Tozetti AM , Vences M, Woodhams DC, Haddad CFB, Pienaar J , Becker CG. 2022. Low microbiome diversity in threatened amphibians from two biodiversity hotspots. Animal Microbiome, (2022) 4:69.

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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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