Posted By: Department of the Interior
Category: Software/Apps, Ideas, Designs, Scientific/Engineering
Partners: U.S. National Invasive Species Council Secretariate, Conservation X Labs Skill: Ideas Submission Dates: 12 a.m. ET, Jun 12, 2018 - 12 a.m. ET, Oct 01, 2019
Amphibian chytrid fungi are lethal to frogs and salamanders, and we must be able to detect its presence before we can eradicate it from infected animals. This challenge seeks innovative solutions to rapidly confirm and quantify the presence of chytrid fungi (Bd and Bsal) through non-invasive techniques in material imported into the United States, including detection on live animals, in water samples, and on the surfaces of shipping containers (e.g., cardboard boxes, plastic bags, etc.).
Detection is the first step towards a longer-term goal of developing treatments to safely eradicate Bd and Bsal from large commercial shipments. This challenge invites advanced and innovative solutions to:
- Design rapid testing techniques for Bd/Bsal in animals that does not harm the species being tested.
- Test and detect Bd/Bsal in water using low-cost techniques with a fast turn-around time between sample and result.
- Test and detect Bd/Bsal on shipping materials (e.g., cardboard boxes, plastic bags, etc.) using low-cost techniques with a fast turn-around time between sample and result.