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Without wildlife research grants, there is limited information to help improve healthcare issues for these animal populations.
Comparison of ranaviruses from reptiles and amphibians in Europe
A number of infectious diseases have long been known to play a role in the health of both wild and captive amphibians and reptiles. In amphibians, they are even partially responsible for the global amphibian declines. Of these, ranaviruses are particularly concerning because of their ability to infect a wide range of hosts, including fish, amphibians, and reptiles. In recent years, ranaviruses have increasingly been detected in reptilian hosts. The relationships between amphibian and reptilian ranaviruses and the risk that these viruses pose for each group is not yet understood. This project is studying the relationships between ranaviruses from amphibians and reptiles based on genomic sequences to help us understand where these viruses come from, what animals they can infect and what effect they might have on different animals.
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Anneke Moresco spent the last year doing post doctoral work at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW). Anneke and colleagues participated in a conservation and reproduction project for the black-footed cat in South Africa. See the spotlight HERE. Photo credit Dr. Alex Sliwa (curator at the Cologne zoo)