Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis: requirement for further isolate collection and archiving

Voyles, Jamie, Richards-Hrdlicka, Katy, Cashins, Scott D., Rosenblum, Erica B., Hyatt, Alex D., Berger, Lee, and Skerratt, Lee F. (2010) Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis: requirement for further isolate collection and archiving. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 92 (2-3). pp. 109-112.

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The fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) causes the disease chytridiomycosis, which is lethal to many species of amphibians worldwide. Many studies have investigated the epidemiology of chytridiomycosis in amphibian populations, but few have considered possible host–pathogen coevolution. More specifically, investigations focused on the evolution of Bd, and the link with Bd virulence, are needed. Such studies, which may be important for conservation management of amphibians, depend on access to Bd isolates. Here we provide a summary of known Bd isolates that have been collected and archived in various locations around the world. Of 257 Bd isolates, we found that 53% originate from ranids in the United States. In many cases, detailed information on isolate origin is unavailable, and it is unknown how many isolates are cryo-archived. We suggest the creation of a centralized database of isolate information, and we urge researchers and managers to isolate and archive Bd to facilitate future research on chytridiomycosis.

Item ID: 16247
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0177-5103
Keywords: amphibian declines, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, chytridiomycosis, pathogen preservation, wildlife disease
Date Deposited: 02 May 2011 23:49
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050103 Invasive Species Ecology @ 20%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070707 Veterinary Microbiology (excl Virology) @ 80%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960499 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
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