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., 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

ACRS 2015

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