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Chytrid Crisis

In a highly publicized article publshed in the prestigious journal Science, CTBCC's Deborah Bower and co-authors highlight the continuing threat of pathogens such as chytrid fungus on amphibian populations worldwide.

Over the past three decades, the emergence of a globalized pandemic lineage of chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) has caused declines of amphibian species globally.

Recently a related but functionally distinct chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, has begun exterminating salamanders in Europe.

In the article, Deborah and co-authors suggest that further infectious fungal pathogens will continue to emerge and there is a threat of chytrids and similar fungal pathogens spreading to areas where they have not yet emerged—for example, in New Guinea.

The researchers call for immediate action to conserve and protect amphibians threatened by fungal pathogens.

Read the paper here

Read the media release here