Culturing and biobanking of amphibian cell lines for conservation applications

Julie Strand, Barbara A. Fraser, Marlys Houck, Simon Clulow

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The global crisis in amphibians’ extinction has been well documented and is now widely considered the worst modern loss of biodiversity among all vertebrate classes (Bower et al. 2017; Stuart et al. 2004). Causes are multifaceted, including emergent diseases, pollution, loss of habitat, and introduction of invasive species (see Chapter 2). Combined with the impacts from other difficult-to-manage threats such as climatic change (Cohen et al. 2019), hundreds more amphibian species are likely to be impacted in the near future with very few options for mitigation in the wild within the timeframe required to halt further declines and extinctions (Clulow et al. 2018; Bower et al. 2019, 2020).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReproductive Technologies and Biobanking as Tools for the Conservation of Amphibians
EditorsAimee Silla, Andy Kouba, Harold Heatwole
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781032372075
ISBN (Print)9781486313334
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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