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Mitigating Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in Europe


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The infectious chytrid fungus <jats:italic>Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans</jats:italic> (<jats:italic>Bsal</jats:italic>) has been responsible for severe population declines of salamander populations in Europe. Serious population declines and loss of urodelan diversity may occur if appropriate action is not taken to mitigate against the further spread and impact of <jats:italic>Bsal</jats:italic>. We provide an overview of several potential mitigation methods, and describe their possible advantages and limitations. We conclude that long-term, context-dependent, multi-faceted approaches are needed to successfully mitigate adverse effects of <jats:italic>Bsal</jats:italic>, and that these approaches should be initiated pre-arrival of the pathogen. The establishment of ex situ assurance colonies, or management units, for species threatened with extinction, should be considered as soon as possible. While ex situ conservation and preventive measures aimed at improving biosecurity by limiting amphibian trade may be implemented quickly, major challenges that lie ahead are in designing in situ disease containment and mitigation post-arrival and in increasing public awareness.

Abstract

The infectious chytrid fungus <jats:italic>Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans</jats:italic> (<jats:italic>Bsal</jats:italic>) has been responsible for severe population declines of salamander populations in Europe. Serious population declines and loss of urodelan diversity may occur if appropriate action is not taken to mitigate against the further spread and impact of <jats:italic>Bsal</jats:italic>. We provide an overview of several potential mitigation methods, and describe their possible advantages and limitations. We conclude that long-term, context-dependent, multi-faceted approaches are needed to successfully mitigate adverse effects of <jats:italic>Bsal</jats:italic>, and that these approaches should be initiated pre-arrival of the pathogen. The establishment of ex situ assurance colonies, or management units, for species threatened with extinction, should be considered as soon as possible. While ex situ conservation and preventive measures aimed at improving biosecurity by limiting amphibian trade may be implemented quickly, major challenges that lie ahead are in designing in situ disease containment and mitigation post-arrival and in increasing public awareness.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Life Sciences > Animal Science and Zoology
Uncontrolled Keywords:amphibian, chytridiomycosis, mitigation
Language:English
Date:1 January 2019
Deposited On:21 Aug 2019 14:42
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:13
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:0173-5373
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/15685381-20191157
Official URL:https://brill.com/view/journals/amre/40/3/article-p265_1.xml

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