Amphibian Chytrid Fungus - Information And Links

The microscopic fungus known to scientists as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (or “Bd” for short) belongs to the chytrid fungi group, and the disease it causes is called chytridiomycosis. Bd has devastated many amphibian species around the world. To learn more about Bd and to find out what you can do to help, check out the following links.

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

PARC Bd Mapping Project

For more about amphibian declines:
Amphibian Conservation Action Plan
• Amphibian Conservation Summit
Amphibian Ark and its “2008: Year of the Frog” 
• Global Amphibian Assessment
Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Year of the Frog

About Bd Testing
Field sampling protocol video
• Overview from Pisces Molecular   
Test kits and analysis

About Bd Treatment
• “Successful Treatment of Chytridiomycosis” 
“Main Preventive Management Strategies for the Chytrid Fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis” 
“A Protocol for Treating Chytrid (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) -Infected Frogs” 
Australia’s Threat Abatement Plan

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