DAO - Vol. 73, No. 3 - Feature article

Swabbing of feet and skin is a sensitive and non-invasive procedure for the detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Photo: Veronica Olsen

Hyatt AD, Boyle DG, Olsen V, Boyle DB, Berger L, Obendorf D, Dalton A, Kriger K, Hero M, Hines H, Phillott R, Campbell R, Marantelli G, Gleason F, Colling A

 

Diagnostic assays and sampling protocols for the detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

 

Chytridiomycosis, which is caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, is the most infectious and deadly disease ever documented in amphibians. It affects 2 orders (Anura and Caudata), 14 families and 93 species on all continents except Asia. The implementation of effective management strategies is essential for limiting the impact of this disease on the world’s amphibian populations. Alex Hyatt and co-workers have developed validated diagnostic assays and sampling protocols for the specific identification of the fungus. This advancement will greatly facilitate research aimed at decreasing its devastating effects.

 

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