Deadly Frog Fungus Identified In The Wild

The Examiner2012-04-30:                      The cause of the deadly decline of frogs and salamanders worldwide has been confirmed in a new study published in PLoS ONE. The fungal species Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis was identified years ago as the likely cause for mass amphibian deaths, but this is the first time the path of the disease has been analyzed outside a laboratory setting. The findings give scientists a better insight into how the illness in frogs progresses in the wild. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is a chytrid fungus which causes major dehydration by attacking an amphibian’s skin. For amphibians this is all but a death sentence, as their…                  more »



An old frog sits uprightPhoto: WN

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