What are ranaviruses?
Ranaviruses are emerging pathogens of amphibians, reptiles and fish. These viruses (genus Ranavirus, Family Iridoviridae) have been associated with die-offs in larval and adult amphibians in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and in wild and cultured fish populations worldwide. While ranaviruses have been reported from reptiles in captivity for years, recent evidence suggests that they can cause morbidity and mortality in free-ranging populations as well. Remarkably, there is mounting evidence that some ranaviruses can be transmitted among these three vertebrate classes. Ranaviruses are also moved regionally and internationally in animal trade. It is increasingly clear that ranaviruses present a substantial and growing risk to aquaculture and global biodiversity.
What is the GRC?
The Global Ranavirus Consortium (GRC) was formed to facilitate communication and collaboration among scientists, veterinarians, and others interested in ranaviruses. To this end we:
- Organize and host the International Symposium on Ranaviruses every other year,
- Maintain a ranavirus LISTSERV and a semi-annual newsletter to enhance communication,
- Arrange regional discussion groups to share information on current research and address regional needs and concerns with ranaviruses,
- Produce books, technical articles, or other outreach products to advance the understanding of ranaviruses, and
- Provide advice, training, or workshops as requested.
We encourage anyone with interest in ranaviruses to join the GRC.