CSIRO is working on new methods of detecting a frog fungus which has killed frogs in the United States, Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
A workshop on new methods of detecting and controlling the spread of one of the worlds most deadly frog diseases – chytridiomycosis – will be held from 4-7 April at CSIRO Livestock Industries Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria.
CSIRO Livestock Industries Dr Alex Hyatt says the disease, caused by the chytrid fungus, has been associated with frog declines in eastern Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela and Spain.
"At least one Australian frog species has been wiped out by the chytrid fungus and it is thought that the fungus was a major contributing factor in the extinction of at least another seven species world-wide," Dr Hyatt says.
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