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2009-08-27 06:45:00

The world's leading amphibian experts have come together and for the first time identified two major conservation initiatives to protect the amphibians of the world from becoming extinct. The new coalition of organizations, the Amphibian Survival Alliance, will work together on scientific research and fund-raising to focus on containing the spread of the amphibian chytrid fungus and protecting the only amphibian habitats that contain amphibians that are not found anywhere else in the world....

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2009-05-20 08:10:00

A fatal fungus that has killed hundreds of different kinds of frogs in the US is now harming five different frog species in the Philippines, experts announced on Wednesday. A nationwide survey conducted by US and Filipino scientists discovered that the Philippines is the third country in Asia to be affected by the chytrid fungus. The fungus, which targets the skin of frogs and distresses the arrangement of tadpoles' body parts, is also in Japan and Indonesia. The Luzon striped frog, one of...

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2009-05-10 07:55:00

Scientists are rescuing dozens of one of the world's most rarest species of amphibians, the mountain chicken frog. The frogs are being airlifted to safety from Montserrat in a final attempt to save it from the deadly chytrid fungus, which is ravaging their shrinking habitat and threatening extinction worldwide. Montserrat is a tiny British Caribbean territory that is one of only two sites where the once-prevalent mountain chicken is found, but hundreds of the frogs have been killed in just...

2009-04-02 10:49:03

A U.S. study suggests amphibians might be able to develop immunity to the fatal fungus disease that is reducing the Earth's amphibian populations. Jonathan Richmond of the U.S. Geological Survey and colleagues said they discovered individual amphibians can develop both acquired and innate immunity to the fungal disease chytridiomycosis, which is caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. The researchers said scientists should broaden their studies of chytridiomycosis to include...

2009-04-01 13:57:50

New evidence suggests that both acquired and innate immunity play a role in fighting off the fungal disease that is leading to dramatic declines in amphibian populations worldwide Amphibian populations are declining worldwide, principally because of the spread of the fungal disease chytridiomycosis. Researchers know that some amphibian populations and species are innately more susceptible to the disease than others. Recent preliminary evidence, described in the April issue of BioScience,...

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2008-08-12 14:30:00

Devastating declines of amphibian species around the world are a sign of a biodiversity disaster larger than just frogs, salamanders and their ilk, according to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley. In an article published online this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers argue that substantial die-offs of amphibians and other plant and animal species add up to a new mass extinction facing the planet. "There's no question that...

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2008-06-08 15:15:00

One third of amphibians currently face extinction. This massive global decline in their population is largely due the chytrid fungus which is causing disease and killing many species. But according to recent findings, conservationists may be able to beat the fungus with bacteria. Certain types of "friendly" bacteria which naturally live on amphibians may be able to disable the bacteria with the chemicals they produce. This bacterium, Janthinobacterium lividum, may help the frogs survive...

2006-06-07 02:52:07

Corrects name in third paragraph to Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta from Sierra Madre de Santa Marta after correction from scientists By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Two frog species feared extinct have been rediscovered in Colombia, a boost for scientists battling to save rare amphibians threatened by a deadly disease. "These finds show there is still hope...a lot of these species were pretty much written off," Claude Gascon, a senior vice-president at...

2006-06-06 13:05:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Two frog species feared extinct have been rediscovered in Colombia, a boost for scientists battling to save rare amphibians threatened by a deadly disease. "These finds show there is still hope...a lot of these species were pretty much written off," Claude Gascon, a senior vice-president at Conservation International in Washington, told Reuters on Tuesday. Scientists have found the Santa Marta Harlequin frog and the San Lorenzo...

2006-02-06 17:41:46

By Mike Power PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - A deadly fungus is creeping through Panama, killing hundreds of thousands of amphibians and putting the country's national symbol, the golden frog, at risk of extinction, scientists say. "I would say that the golden frog was already in critical danger, however, the advance of the fungus outbreak makes matters worse to a point that this species is likely to become extinct," said Roberto Ibanez, an amphibian expert at the Smithsonian Tropical...


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