A Global Epidemic
The fungal disease chytridiomycosis has caused catastrophic declines in amphibian populations worldwide. Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans
(Bsal), which causes salamander chytridiomycosis, threatens to devastate salamander species in North America.
Responding to the Crisis
Reliable and accessible diagnostic tests are key to our understanding and response to this disease. The North American Bsal Task Force / Diagnostics Working Group is an international coordinated effort to develop and assess diagnostic tests for chytridiomycosis and other emerging infection diseases of amphibians.
The Diagnostics Working Group is helping laboratories refine their methodologies and assess the quality of their testing procedures through a new quality assurance / quality control program.