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
Chytrid fighting work around the world is continuing its rapid pace in 2015 with lots of exciting studies advancing our understanding of how Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (B.d.) and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (B.sal.) infect and interact with frogs in wild populations. Our whole lab decamped for a weekend from St Mary’s Hospital to Cambridge to go to the … More ACRS 2015
Last week was clear out week for the toe clip and tadpole mouthparts that hadn’t produced any Bd zoospores or sporangia or were full of contamination by other fungi and bacteria. That was a lot of samples to throw out – the success rate for Bd isolation is extremely low (about 1/100) but it’s still … More Bd isolation from French Guiana