Other then Beth, Glenn in Canada, and Justin who is same geographic area as Beth....
I don't know of other froggers who have published their Rana PCR testing results. Or even done them for that matter.
Does anyone else?
1. Anyone can claim a clean collection. In fact if they do publicly, it is sorta strange and out of the norm [names above excluded]. Bragging...
2. Anyone can send samples, pay 20$ to get a clean test, from a 'fake' sample, just to prove to others they are 'clean'. Trust ?
3. Likely the few others that do test, don't do it perfectly bc it is a challenge with little frogs to swab properly, and do 2 sequential tests, and test all new arrivals, and all new plants etc etc.
4. It is a rare day that someone in this judgmental hobby would admit to ++ testing. So the information that goes public is biased.
5. Wouldn't it be nice to have a classifieds that includes tested/not tested in the ad? along with the copy of the results? Doubt it will ever happen.
I'd just rather assume everyone else' collection is full of things I don't want....period.
BTW: Like Justin, I tested the Feb 2012 import pumilio, still in QT, and they [one batch group out of 3 batches tested] were Chytrid +, RanaV neg. All [even the negative ones] are enjoying their lamasil baths. I did not receive any of the April 2012 pumilio. Nor have I had a RanaV + test yet. To dispel the rumors.
And yes, I keep copies of my PCR testing records.
How many past importations have come through and not been tested?? 10? 20? 30? thousands of frogs.........point is....whatever mother nature handed these animals in their native lands, they brought here. Like it or not. And that widely held belief that lowland/coastal frogs like Boca's pumilio should be Chytrid negative, isnt fully accurate...or the holding facilitates are less then sterile.
My suspicion is most of these 'pathogens' are only rarely a lethal concern. There are likely many dozens more that we dont know of yet, nor have a test for, so we shouldnt get all wigged out about these just b/c we can test for them now. What we need is more research about the true effects of these 'markers'.
I personal am in favor of a TWI f/u study on the prevalence of ranaV and Chytrid in the hobby. Anonymous as before. I've pledged financial support for it. The last study though had a very low turn out. People might be in favor of testing, but when it came to actually sending in samples....even when they were free...they hobbyist you know and love, were out to lunch.