Our collaborative study on Ranavirus in Colombia (see a previous blog post here), led by collaborator and first author Vicky Flechas (in the picture holding a copy of the newspaper) was featured on the front page of one of Colombia's most influential newspapers, El Espectador. The newspaper article reports the main findings of the study, along with extracts from interviews to Vicky and Alessandro. The study found Ranavirus in 14 of 274 individuals from 8 of 41 sampled localities, including highland and lowland sites. Little is known about the distribution and consequences of Ranavirus infection in tropical mountains and forests, where emergent diseases such as Ranavirus and chytridiomycosis threaten amphibian biodiversity. Frog species richness is highest in the humid slopes of the Andes, and Colombia is one of the countries with the highest number of amphibian species.
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