Sunday, 17 March 2013

Evidence for the Introduction of Lethal Chytridiomycosis Affecting Wild Betic Midwife Toads

A new paper by RACE team members (led by Jaime Bosch) to be published in the journal EcoHealth provides evidence that Bd is an introduced pathogen: "Our data support the hypothesis that B. dendrobatidis has recently emerged in at least two disjunct locations in the species range and populations across much of the species range lack evidence of infection". Here is the link to the abstract.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

American Bullfrog Is Spreading Chytrid Through Commercial Trade

A team of scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), revealed in a new study, for the first time, the presence of the pathogenic chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in amphibians sampled in Singapore. And the American bullfrog may be a central player in the spread of the disease. Check out the full story.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Wildlife disease spread by trade - a growing threat to amphibians

According to IUCN, there's a link between trade of amphibians and the spread of pathogens. Read the full text here.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Mapping the presence of Bd worldwide

The global Bd-Mapping paper is now online in PLoS One. Please submit your data!
Figure 1 Global distribution of the amphibian chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd).