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First Steps Toward a National Strategic Plan for Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans


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Delivered by Matthew Gray (UT-Knoxville) at a Southern Appalachian meeting on Bsal on 11 August 2015.

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First Steps Toward a National Strategic Plan for Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans

  1. 1. Bsal National Strategic Plan: Responding to a Continental Threat PARC National Disease Task Team University of Tennessee Center for Wildlife Health Matthew J. Gray F. Pasmans, Ghent Univ. Robertville, Belgium
  2. 2. USGS Bsal “National Response” Meeting John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis & Synthesis 23-25 June 2015 Mike Adams Evan Grant Erin Muths Stefano Canessa Rachel Katz
  3. 3. USGS Bsal “National Response” Meeting 30 Scientists 18 Gov’t Agencies, 11 Universities, and 4 International Scientists
  4. 4. Brainstorming Sessions
  5. 5. Organizational Structure TAC Co-Chairs: Dede Olson (USFS), Jenn Ballard (USFWS)
  6. 6. Working Group Interactions Highly Interdependent Communication is Essential
  7. 7. Surveillance Working Group Chair: Mike Adams, USGS Email: Develop standardized protocols for surveillance (e.g., n, sample design) in captive & wild populations. List of priority ports & industries (captive), priority regions (wild), and priority species (captive & wild).
  8. 8. Diagnostics Working Group Chair: Jenn Ballard, USFWS Email: Develop standardized protocols for sample collection, decontamination, and Bsal testing. • Biosecurity (disinfectants, animal handling) • Swabbing procedures • Swab preservation • Shipping procedures • Diagnostic laboratories Bsal Testing • Preferred qPCR Protocol • Confirming Potentially Positive Cases • Response Team
  9. 9. Response Working Group Chair: Priya Nanjappa, AFWA & PARC Email: Identify actions that occur if positive cases of Bsal infection or salamander chytridiomycosis are confirmed. Develop Guidelines State/Provincial Actions Plans Following WNS Model
  10. 10. Research Working Group Chair: Reid Harris, James Madison University Email: Identify priority research areas for Bsal, encourage collaboration, and share findings with working groups and the public quickly. • Containment • Species Susceptibility • Transmission Pathways • Detection and Diagnosis Testing Susceptibility • Priority Species List • Standardized Procedures for Challenges • Biosecurity Risk Top Research Directions
  11. 11. Database Working Group Chair: Dede Olson, USDA Forest Service Email: Develop and maintain a database for Bsal surveillance, monitoring, and research data.
  12. 12. Outreach Working Group Chair: Joe Mendelson, Zoo Atlanta Email: Produce outreach communication materials (e.g., fact sheets, press releases, briefs), and help organize Bsal planning meetings as requested. ources/disease-task-team.html Interact with PARC & its Disease Task Teams
  13. 13. Outreach Working Group Warren Wilson College Asheville NC 11 August 2015
  14. 14. Decision Support Working Group Chair: Evan Grant, USGS Email: Produce decision tree models that allow other working groups to make objective-based decisions given the available information.
  15. 15. Questions?? 865-974-2740 Photo: A. Balseiro