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African Clawed Frog Responsible For Spreading Deadly Fungus
2013-05-16 11:58:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, scientists have been on the trail of a slippery culprit responsible for a deadly fungus, and they´ve finally found the culprit. The fungus, called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis,“¯or ℠Bd´ for short, has played a role in the recent decline or extinction of 200 frog species worldwide. According to a new report in the open-access journal“¯PLOS ONE, long-suspected African clawed frogs have...

Frog Fungus Spread Throughout The World Via Trade
2011-11-09 13:06:06

According to new research, a killer frog fungus that is spreading around the world is being distributed through amphibian trade by zoos and collectors. Scientists said that the most widespread and lethal form of the three distinct lineages of the chytrid fungus was probably created by a crossing of two prior forms. Chytrid is now found on every continent and has wiped out a number of species. The fungus kills amphibians by blocking the transfer of vital substances through their...

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2009-11-20 07:40:00

Most countries throughout the world participate in the $40-million-per-year culinary trade of frog legs in some way, with 75 percent of frog legs consumed in France, Belgium and the United States. Scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and colleagues have found that this trade is a potential carrier of pathogens deadly to amphibians. The team's findings are published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Ecology, Thursday, Nov. 19. Amphibians are rapidly declining worldwide. More than...

2006-02-02 20:38:35

By Ed Stoddard POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (Reuters) - What do an old pregnancy test for women and a mysterious fungus that is killing frogs have in common? Plenty, according to researchers at North-West University in South Africa, who believe they have traced the spread of the killer fungus to trade in the African clawed frog, used for decades in a bizarre but effective way of determining pregnancy. "We think we have traced the origin of the spread of the amphibian chytrid fungus...


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