By Pria Ghosh Every year of my PhD, I pack up my bags and as much of the lab as I can carry and make my way to Potchefstroom, a town about two hours away from Johannesburg in the North West Province of South Africa. There, I settle down in the sunshine at North West … More Frogs, Fieldwork, Friends
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)
By Jenny Shelton Nearly a week has passed since returning from my fortnight in Taiwan and my mind is still alive with the unforgettable sights, sounds and smells of the island. Some highlights include the beautiful fireflies that emerge at dusk, a tunnel full of bats that swooped silently above our heads as we passed, … More Tracking down Bd Taiwan- part 2!
By Jenny Shelton Following on from a very successful 10 day trip in April 2016, I am excited to say that I will be returning to Taiwan in two weeks’ time as a National Geographic Young Explorer! Last year I accompanied Dr. Dirk Schmeller, Guest professor in Conservation Biology at National Taiwan University; Lin … More Tracking Down Bd Taiwan
Today we are a tired but elated group having just come back from a fantastic conference organised by our boss Prof. Mat Fisher and Profs Sarah Gurr and Neil Gow. This 4-day event was hosted by the Royal Society and was aptly named ‘Tackling emerging fungal threats to animal health, food security and ecosystem resilience’. … More Royal Society fungal meeting
***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
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., reported 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