Is there any association between the hosts’ density and the amphibians’ fungal infection intensity? We are doing an interesting experiment to answer this question.
To prevent its expansion and to develop methods that can eliminate the chytridiomycosis, it is crucial to know the biology of the fungi that produces it. In this article we give some details of the biology of the two chytrid fungi species that affect amphibians.
In our recently published Biology Letters journal article, we described the first successful attempt in the world to eradicate fungi from the environment. We managed it on the island of Mallorca, with the collaboration of the Balearic Government’s Ministry of Environment, and our goal was to save the Majorcan/Balearic midwife toad (or ferreret in Catalan).
Our latest analyses indicate that chytridiomycosis is expanding vertiginously throughout the range of the Betic midwife toad, a species endemic to the southeast peninsula whose conversation is now in grave danger.