Threat abatement plan
ISBN 0 642 55029 8
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006
The background document for this threat abatement plan refers to the use of gloves for handling frogs and tadpoles to avoid spreading the chytrid fungus.
There is now clear research to show that the use of certain types of gloves (eg latex, nitrile) can have up to a 100% mortality effect on tadpoles and that unwashed vinyl gloves can also cause mortality in tadpoles.
- Threat abatement plan for infection of amphibians with chytrid fungus resulting in chytridiomycosis (PDF - 286 KB)
- Threat abatement plan for infection of amphibians with chytrid fungus resulting in chytridiomycosis - Background report (PDF - 614 KB)
About the plan
Chytridiomycosis is an infectious disease affecting amphibians worldwide. The disease has been recorded in four regions of Australia, namely the east coast, southwest Western Australia, Adelaide, and more recently Tasmania. This highly virulent fungal pathogen of amphibians is capable at the minimum of causing sporadic deaths in some populations, and 100 per cent mortality in other populations.
This threat abatement plan has two broad goals:
- to prevent amphibian populations or regions that are currently chytridiomycosis-free from becoming infected by preventing further spread of the amphibian chytrid within Australia
- to decrease the impact of infection with the amphibian chytrid fungus on populations that are currently infected