ftE NewsClip: Cure for Chytrid?
In mid-November 2015, scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Spain’s National Museum of Natural History (MNCN) and the Imperial College of London announced that they were able to eliminate the chytrid infection from a wild population of Mallorcan midwife toad tadpoles. MNCN scientist Dr Jaime Bosch said “This is the first time that chytrid has ever been successfully eliminated from a wild population—a real positive which we can take forward into further research to tackle this deadly disease.”
The researchers used an antifungal treatment directly on the tadpoles, and then disinfected their nearby habitat. By doing so, they were able to clear the infection the toad population and keep the area infection-free for two years.
While this is a very encouraging project, scientists are still a long way from eliminating chytrid. fieldtripEARTH will continue to monitor research about chytrid and its impacts on wild amphibian populations.
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