Conservation genomics of the green toad

Green toad painted by Olga Vinnere Pettersson
Painted by Olga Vinnere Pettersson

The green toad is Sweden's most endangered amphibian. The species previously had a larger distribution in southern Sweden but is today limited to a few localities in Skåne and Blekinge. Attempts are also underway to reintroduce the species to Öland. For this purpose, larvae are bred in a population kept at Nordens Ark in Bohuslän. Our research and part in the conservation work aims to document genomic diversity, population structure and degree of inbreeding in Swedish and nearby populations in our neighboring countries. The research takes place in collaboration with the Swedish action program for the species, which is led by the County Administrative Board of Skåne. In this context, the entire toad's genome is also sequenced in collaboration with NGI, SciLifeLab.

Last modified: 2021-05-24