For the first time, researchers have eliminated а devastating amphibian fungal disease in а population of toads.
The chytrid fungus is highly contagious and is responsible for devastating amphibian populations worldwide.
Over five years, а team of researchers in the location of the disease of toads, originally from the Spanish island of Mallorca was clear.
The Details of the work are published in the journal “Biology Letters”.
The scientists collected tadpoles from the wild, transported to а the laboratory and dipped in an antifungal solution.
Image were collected copyright Jaime Bosch, MNCN-CSIC caption tadpoles, treated in the laboratory and then returned to the helicopter
Then they applied the Mallorcan midwife toad (Alytes muletensis) tadpoles to the collection centres or with the helicopter.
3In addition, they used а common laboratory-decontamination means for sterilizing the ambient site to any breeding.
Dr. Trenton Garner from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology said: “This study provides а major breakthrough in the fight against this very destructive pathogen; to free for the first time that we have managed, wild individuals of the infection for а more period of time.
“Amphibian-associated chytrid fungi are а critical Problem in conservation requires easy, simple and transferable solutions. Our study is а important step in the direction of providing these.”
The chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) is difficult to drops affected over 700 species of amphibians worldwide, driving population and species extinction and on five continents.
Dr. Jaime Bosch, а co-author of Spain, the MNCN-CSIC-Institut, adds: “This is the first time that chytrid has ever successfully eliminated а wild population – а real positive that we can us in the further research to combat this deadly disease.”
However, in their paper, the researchers acknowledged that the use of disinfectants in the environment has been the subject of controversy. You said it was driven by the urgency of the decline in the Mallorcan midwife toad on the island.