Latest Chytridiomycota Stories
An international team of researchers has made important progress in understanding the distribution of the deadly amphibian chytrid pathogen.
Amphibians at high elevations can tolerate temperature changes, but susceptible to deadly fungus
The combination of the herbicide atrazine and a fungal disease is particularly deadly to frogs, shows new research from a University of South Florida laboratory, which has been investigating the global demise of amphibian populations.
For the last 40 years, amphibian species around the world have been dying out. A type of chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, was identified in 1998 as causing skin infections in frogs. Since then, it has become recognized as a leading contributor to worldwide amphibian decline.
A new species of fungus that eats amphibians' skin has ravaged the fire salamander population in the Netherlands, bringing it close to regional extinction.
A two-year study from Oregon State and the University of Pittsburgh reveals bullfrogs are not only tolerant carriers that spread chytrid fungus, as previously thought. The bullfrogs are also dying from the pathogen.
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 African clawed frog.
Wildlife Conservation Society A team of scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), revealed in a new study, for the first time, the presence of the pathogenic chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) in amphibians sampled in Singapore. And the American bullfrog may be a central player in the spread of the disease. The study appears in the current issue of the journal EcoHealth, and is the first to consider the role...
Climate change could cause parasites such as tapeworms to become more infectious or malignant, researchers claim in a new study gauging the impact of temperature swings.
Critically endangered frogs rescued from possible extinction at the hands of a deadly fungus have successfully bred for the first time at the London Zoo.
The Kihansi Spray Toad, Nectophrynoides Asperginis, is a yellowish colored dwarf toad. The females can reach up to 1.1 inches long and the males can reach up to .75 inches long. This ovoviviparous species was described scientifically in the year 1999. It was found only in the spray zone around the Kihansi waterfalls in the southern Udzungwa Mountains located in Tanzania. At about 220,000 square feet, this was the smallest natural distribution known for any vertebrate species, but it was...
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