Chytrid fungi are widespread in the environment where they act as decomposers of keratin, chitin, cellulose, and other plant material. Chytrids are also known parasites of fungi, algae, higher plants, protozoa, and invertebrates, but none were known to infect vertebrates until recently. Since amphibian chytrid (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis = Bd) was described in 1999, it has been found in many amphibian populations around the word, including many that are declining. While Bd is probably moved naturally from one water body to another on dispersing amphibians, or on waterbirds and flying insects, it is important to assure that researchers are not spreading Bd between sites as part of research or monitoring programs. See also the Government of BC: Interim Hygiene Protocols for Amphibian field staff and researchers
For the most up to date information regarding guidelines and regulatory requirements for various species and ecological communities at risk in BC, please contact the relevant staff with the Province of BC, Environment Canada, Pacific Region or the Species at Risk Program of the Ecosystems Management Branch, Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Pacific Region. Detailed contact information can be found on our CONTACT page.