Journal article

Survey protocol for detecting chytridiomycosis in all Australian frog populations

Lee F Skerratt, Lee Berger, Harry B Hines, Keith R McDonald, Diana Mendez, Richard Speare

DISEASES OF AQUATIC ORGANISMS | INTER-RESEARCH | Published : 2008

Abstract

Spread of the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) has caused the decline and extinction of frogs, but the distribution of Bd is not completely known. This information is crucial to implementing appropriate quarantine strategies, preparing for outbreaks of chytridiomycosis due to introduction of Bd, and for directing conservation actions towards affected species. This survey protocol provides a simple and standard method for sampling all frog populations in Australia to maximise the chances of detecting Bd. In order to structure and prioritise the protocol, areas are divided by bioregion and frog species are allocated depending on the water bodies they utilize into 3 ..

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