Part 3 of 3: Scaling up the global response to emerging amphibian diseases

In our previous post we stressd that all evidence currently available suggests that Bsal has not yet arrived in the U.S. and so our primary focus is to push forward policy actions and work with importers to keep it out. [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][text_output]However, we don't know how effective existing voluntary measures are in keeping diseases from invading [...]

Part 2 of 3: Scaling up the global response to emerging amphibian diseases

We already have a very sensitive test for Bsal which is a major step towards being able to effectively deal with this problem. The diagnostic test protocol is to swab individual salamanders and then use TaqMan qPCR with primers designed to detect Bsal. [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][text_output]This method is published and uses the same qPCR technique used [...]

Part 1 of 3: Scaling up the global response to emerging amphibian diseases

By now most of you will have read the highly anticipated paper by Dr. An Martel from Ghent University in Belgium and her colleagues that reports on the new species of chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) which is now threatening salamander species around the world.[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][text_output] This recently discovered chytrid is lethal to salamanders such as Fire [...]

#AmphibianHero: Digitilian

The mission of Amphibian Survival Alliance partner Digitilian is to promote reptiles and amphibians in a positive way through education. Then, when and where possible give what they can to herpetology related charities and conservation organizations. We sat down with Rebecca, the editor of Digitilian to discuss how they're making a difference for amphibians around the world and [...]

FrogLog 114: We want to share your stories!

The Spring edition of FrogLog will be a regional edition focused on The Americas (South, Middle and North, including Canada and the Caribbean) and you’re invited to share your stories, research and project updates.[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][text_output] General information for authors submitting to FrogLog can be found here. The deadline to submit your articles for this edition is March 16, 2015.  Please let me know if you will require extra time [...]

#AmphibianHero: The Herpetological Society of Ireland

The mission of The Herpetological Society of Ireland is to advance, and promote, awareness and understanding of herpetofauna, the conservation of native & exotic herpetofauna, and herpetoculture through education, learning and research. [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][text_output]Collie Ennis is an associate of research at Trinity College Dublin and a Science Officer for The Herpetological Society of Ireland (HSI) and [...]

ASA and BHS partnering to fund the future of amphibian conservation, research and education through seed grants

Have you ever considered supporting a Seed Grant to support amphibian conservation efforts? The British Herpetological Society (BHS) has. To help global amphibian conservation efforts around the world they have teamed up with the ASA to leverage funds and support an increasing number of projects around the world. [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][text_output] We all know that funding [...]

#AmphibianHero: Global Wildlife Conservation

Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) has built its success upon a foundation of excellence in Exploration, Research and Conservation. GWC envisions a world with diverse and abundant wildlife, a truly Wild World. They are dedicated to ensuring that the species on the verge of extinction aren’t lost but prosper well into the future. Wes Sechrest—GWC's Chief Scientist and CEO—sat down with [...]

New study finds that frogs in captivity retain much of pathogen-fighting microbial community

More than a decade after the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore was approved to establish a captive population of adult Panamanian golden frogs (Atelopus zeteki) to get them out of the path of the deadly fungal disease Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), only ghosts of the black-spotted yellow beauties now haunt the riverbanks of western Panama. But while captivity has [...]

“A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar 2: Abstract Book” now available

Centre ValBio hosted its second international conference, A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar (ACSAM2), from 17-22 November (ACSAM1 was held in 2006 in Antananarivo). Seventy-two amphibian biologists and conservationists from ten countries assembled at Centre ValBio to assess the current conservation status of Madagascar’s amphibian fauna. [vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][text_output]Representatives of all major NGOs concerned [...]