Chytrid fungus in Romania?

by Joern Fischer

Not much is known about chytrid fungus in eastern Europe, as shown in a recent paper by Olson and colleagues. The fungus has decimated many amphibian populations around the world. What’s its role in Romania?


6 thoughts on “Chytrid fungus in Romania?

  1. A group of scientists studying Bd across the world meet annually here at Arizona State University. Our next meeting is Nov 9, 10. There is no registration fee, we just get together and talk about what is new. It is a wonderfully collaborative group. I have friends in Romania who pointed me to your work and I think it would be great if you would consider coming this Nov to tell us what you have learned.

  2. Congratulations Ben – it is a beautiful overview of your nice project. The chytrid research story originated from Judit Vörös (mea culpa that I did not make this clearer). Judit came with the initiative to sample some sites in Transylvania as she is interested in Eastern Europe too. One was Sighisoara region where I was her guide: we visited the Breite wood-pasture reserve and a forest N of Sighisoara where I have long term studies on amphibians. I did not expect at all to find chytrid there, because in my mind the chytrid was associated with many death animals (Judit sent me some pics from Spain on dead Bufo bufo). So no dead animals, no chytrid was my logic – and she found it! And at this moment the chytrid became exciting for me. My role in this is therefore kind of minimal and mostly related to toad ecology rather than the chytrid.

  3. I have visited Transilvania twice, 2002 and 2008, staying most of the time in Ghimes (Gyimes). I admire the people and their way of living, how they have maintained the traditional relationship with nature and still earn their living by hay-making and cattle breeding. I am quite convinced that there you can find the richest biodiversity of nature in the whole Europe, maybe on of richest in the world. I am happy you have been able to start a project, wich, I hope, will encourage those people to continue the same, tradional way of living.
    I myself am a small-scale ecological farmer, now on pension, south of Tampere city in Southern Finland. On my farm I have about 12 hectares traditional rural biotopes, which I still try to take care of, in accordance with the EU agricultural environment programmes since 1995.

    Heimo Tuomarla
    Valkeakoski, Finland

  4. Pingback: Disease and biodiversity conservation: the case of chytrid fungus in Romania | Ideas for Sustainability

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