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No detection of the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in a multi-species survey of Ireland's native amphibians

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We present the results of the first survey undertaken to determine the status of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) on the island of Ireland. All three species of Ireland's native amphibian fauna were sampled, resulting in 195 skin swabs obtained from 22 locations in eight counties across the island. Using Bd-specific DNA primers in quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) analysis, all samples tested negative for the presence of chytrid. These results may be considered good news for Ireland's amphibians, however we advise that the establishment of a long-term monitoring system will be essential for future management.
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Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: October 1, 2013

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