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 Aug 03, 2015  
UC Berkeley News:
"Scientists urge ban on salamander imports to fend off new fungus"
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A moratorium on US salamander imports may be the best defense against the deadly salamander chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), which is poised to devastate North American amphibian biodiversity. Yet, the US Fish & Wildlife Service has not acted to ban imports of salamanders to the US, pending more studies of this recently discovered pathogen. A growing chorus of advocates for a temporary ban includes a new Science Policy Forum report (Yap et al 2015), which presents a salamander vulnerability model showing the regions most at stake.

MVZ authors of the new Science paper include Tiffany Yap (MVZ visiting graduate student), Michelle Koo (MVZ Staff Curator), David Wake (MVZ Faculty Curator, Professor Emeritus), and Vance Vredenburg (MVZ Affiliated Researcher).

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 Aug 03, 2015  
Natural Reserve System Hosts 50th Anniversary Celebration
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After 50 years of educating students, training future scientists, and answering questions about the earth, the NRS is holding an anniversary celebration. The UC Natural Reserve System Fair will feature experts and researchers from across the reserve system. Enjoy music, food, and prizes while learning about the world's largest university administered reserve system. The event is free and open to the public.

Details:
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
5th Floor Terrace
1111 Franklin St. Oakland.

RSVP is required for building access; contact thembi.jackson@ucop.edu


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