Isolation and maintenance of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans cultures
Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Amphibian disease, Chytridiomycosis, Emerging infectious disease, Life cycle, Management
Discovered in 2013, the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) is an emerging amphibian pathogen that causes ulcerative skin lesions and multifocal erosion. A closely related pathogen, B. dendrobatidis (Bd), has devastated amphibian populations worldwide, suggesting that Bsal poses a significant threat to global salamander biodiversity. To expedite research into this emerging threat, we seek to standardize protocols across the field so that results of laboratory studies are reproducible and comparable. We have collated data and experience from multiple labs to standardize culturing practices of Bsal. Here we outline common culture practices including a medium for standardized Bsal growth, standard culturing protocols, and a method for isolating Bsal from infected tissue.
Robinson, K., Pereira, K., Bletz, M., Carter, E., Gray, M., Piovia-Scott, J., Romansic, J., Woodhams, D., & Fritz-Laylin, L. (2020). Isolation and maintenance of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans cultures. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 140, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.3354/DAO03488