Working With Experimental Animals (Part 1)

By Lola Brookes To answer very complex questions regarding virulence, diversity and spread of chytridiomycosis, we have to be able to track the disease through the individual and populations. This means that our research does involve looking at amphibians that have been deliberately and directly infected with chytrids in controlled set ups, in laboratories.   … More Working With Experimental Animals (Part 1)

Bd eliminated from Mallorcan ponds

***Fresh off the press*** Today heralds a good day for amphibians! Bosch et al have just reported in Biology Letters their success in eliminating the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) from wild populations of Alytes muletensis in Mallorca (http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/11/11/20150874). The study presents a rapid response strategy driven by the decline of the IUCN red-listed Mallorcan … More Bd eliminated from Mallorcan ponds

Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans found in the UK

We’ve been pretty quiet with what we’ve been up to lately, and that’s because we’ve been busy working on salamanders from the U.K. which have died from B.sal.,┬áreported in Vet Records today (http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/176/18/468.2.extract). B.sal. is closely related to Bd and, like Bd, causes chytridiomycosis in susceptible amphibians. Unlike Bd, this fungus so far only appears … More Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans found in the UK