Researchers from the Garcia Lab (OSU Fisheries and Wildlife) and Bartholomew Lab (OSU Microbiology) investigated the possible defensive effect of the frogs' natural bacterial skin community towards Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (BD) infection. 

BD is a fungal pathogen that has decimated amphibian populations around the world.  Waterborne zoospores attach to the skin of the host, where they grow and interfere with the host's salt and water balance, leading to cardiac arrest.  Disease challenges were conducted using both wild frogs from New Mexico, and invasive bullfrogs.  

Nebergall, E.E.  2013.  Ecology and applications of cutaneous mechanisms of resistance to amphibian Chytridiomycoaia.  M.S. Thesis, Oregon State University.