A test for Chytrid fungus
So how do you sample? You can either use swabbing - but be aware that you need to swab 30-60 non-frog amphibians per water body - or you can take water samples from the pond using our new filter-based water sampling kits.
There are many advantages to water sampling over swabbing (particularly the time involved) but one of the big advantages as we see it is that you can use the same water sample to look for other aquatic species - for instance we could survey the fish community while we're at it...
Fish communities in a water sample
Metabarcoding is what we love, and we've been spending a lot of time honing our water sampling and DNA extraction methods so that we can reliably find your fish. We've put together a really nice, user-friendly water sampling kit that uses on-site filtration to preserve sample integrity. No ethanol involved so you don't have to worry about transporting dangerous goods, and we can get results back to you for large numbers of ponds in just a few weeks. Why not try it out?