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Chytrid update

River Samples 1-4
River Samples 5,6,7,8,10,11
Pond Samples 1-5
Pond Samples 6-10
River Samples 12,13,14,15,16,19

 

Picture 1 (Top): River Samples 1-4

Picture 2: River Samples 5,6,7,8,10,11

Picture 3: Pond Samples 1-5

Picture 4: Pond Samples 6-10

Picture 5 (Bottom): River Samples 12,13,14,15,16,19

 

 

Well...there is good news and there is bad news with regards to the chytrid. Unfortunately, the good and the bad news is one and the same. Both sites (the river and the pond) were without a doubt positive for chytrid fungus. It's great news when you consider the research value that this has, especially in terms of my thesis, but horrible news for the amphibian populations that live in the area.  Of the 20 samples taken at the river, a total of 12 tested positive for chytrid (that's 60% of the samples taken). In the pond, out of the 10 total samples taken, 7 tested positive for chytrid (a whopping 70%!). Tammey and Chris will give you all of the information with regards to the quantitative data during their presentation, but I wanted to make sure to let everyone know that we definitely have chytrid in Kansas!!

 

Tim

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