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A skin-eating fungus from Europe could decimate Appalachia’s salamanders – but researchers are working to prevent an outbreak


The Southern Appalachian mountains are a global biodiversity hot spot for salamanders. Dr. Deb Miller and Dr. Matt Gray lead the Amphibian Disease Laboratory at the University of Tennessee and are looking at various strategies to prevent a fungus that is deadly to salamanders from entering the U.S. via the international pet trade. They are also conducting research to learn more about the disease, and looking at potential strategies to reduce the spread of the fungus in case it does enter the country.

Why do the Appalachian mountains have so many salamanders?
The intersection of North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia is a global biodiversity hot spot for salamanders. Tennessee, for example, has around 60 species, more than the entire continent of Europe. MORE

Header image: Colour-inverted photo of a green salamander (Aneides aeneus), which is a species of greatest conservation concern in several Appalachian states and is highly susceptible to Bsal. Credit: Todd Amacker Conservation Visuals, CC BY-NC-ND.