Use zooplankton to remove zoospores
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Zooplankton such as water fleas (Cladocera), copepods (Copepoda) and seed shrimps (Ostracoda) consume the aquatic zoospores of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (e.g. Buck et al. 2011). They may therefore play a role in regulating the fungus and so could help to reduce the risk of amphibian infection in aquatic environments. Copepods have successfully been used as biological control agents in other disease systems (Marten 2000).
Buck J.C., Truong L. & Blaustein A.R. (2011) Predation by zooplankton on Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis: biological control of the deadly amphibian chytrid fungus? Biodiversity and Conservation, 20, 3549–3553.
Marten, G.G. (2000) Dengue hemorrhagic fever, mosquitoes, and copepods. Journal of Policy Studies (Japan), 9, 131–141.