‘New Techniques for the Control of Emerging Amphibian Diseases in Populations at Risk of Extinction (BdOFF)’

Grants for research teams

Ecology and Conservation Biology

2014

This project, the first of its kind in the world, will involve a program of intensive actions to restore amphibian populations and habitats attacked by the fungal disease. And after over 15 years of research, we now have sufficient information and experience to apply effective mitigation techniques.

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Jaime Bosch
DIRECTOR

Jaime Bosch Pérez, tenured scientist in the Department of Biogeography and Global Change at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN)

 

RESEARCH TEAM

Matthew Charles Fisher, Imperial College London; and Trenton Garner, Zoological Society of London.

COLLABORATING INSTITUTIONS

Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN)

 

DESCRIPTION

An infectious disease caused by a pathogenic fungus is causing the worldwide decline of numerous amphibian species, making this vertebrate class the most imperiled on the planet. Within Continental Europe, the Iberian Peninsula is where the epidemic is spreading fastest, driving some species like the common midwife toad towards mass extinction on an unprecedented scale.

Since the disease’s detection in Europe, scientists have been studying its dynamics in the wild and in laboratory experiments. And after over 15 years of research, we now have sufficient information and experience to apply effective mitigation techniques.

This project, the first of its kind in the world, will involve a program of intensive actions to restore amphibian populations and habitats attacked by the fungal disease.