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New Study Raises Hope To Fight Chytrid Amphibian Pathogen
2014-01-21 15:47:48

Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research An international team of researchers has made important progress in understanding the distribution of the deadly amphibian chytrid pathogen. In some regions, the deadly impact of the pathogen appears to be hampered by small predators, naturally occurring in freshwater bodies. These micropredators may efficiently reduce the number of free-swimming infectious stages (zoospores) by consuming them. This natural behavior will reduce the infection...

Deadly Fungus Cause Of Frog Declines In The Andes
2013-12-13 07:25:23

San Francisco State University Amphibians at high elevations can tolerate temperature changes, but susceptible to deadly fungus A deadly fungus, and not climate change as is widely believed, is the primary culprit behind the rapid decline of frog populations in the Andes mountains, according to a new study published today in the journal Conservation Biology. Frogs living at higher elevations can tolerate increasing temperatures, researchers found, but their habitats fall within the...

2013-10-24 11:57:40

The herbicide atrazine increased mortality from chytridiomycosis, a disease causing worldwide amphibian declines 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. USF Biologist Jason Rohr said the new findings show that early-life exposure to atrazine increases frog mortality but only when the frogs were...

Fatal Frog Fungus Releases Toxicity That Disables Immune Response
2013-10-18 09:09:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 study from Vanderbilt University, published in the journal Science, reports that the fungus is killing these animals by releasing a toxic...

Salamanders Threatened By Deadly Skin-eating Fungus
2013-09-03 07:59:33

Imperial College London A new species of fungus that eats amphibians' skin has ravaged the fire salamander population in the Netherlands, bringing it close to regional extinction. Fire salamanders, recognizable by their distinctive yellow and black skin patterns, have been found dead in the country's forests since 2010. The population has fallen to around 10 individuals, less than four per cent of its original level, but what has been killing them has been a mystery until now....

Bullfrogs Spreading Deadly Fungus Also Die From It
2013-06-18 07:29:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There is currently a global decline in amphibian populations. It is believed that a major cause for this decline is a fungus thought to be spread by bullfrogs. A two-year study from Oregon State and the University of Pittsburgh reveals bullfrogs are not only tolerant carriers that spread the disease, as previously thought. The bullfrogs are also dying from the pathogen. The research team raised bullfrogs from eggs in controlled...

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...

American Bullfrog Is Spreading Chytrid Through Commercial Trade
2013-03-07 09:27:12

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...

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2012-08-13 07:55:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Climate change could cause parasites such as tapeworms to become more infectious or malignant, researchers from Oakland University and the University of South Florida claim in a new study gauging the impact of temperature swings on frogs' fungal infection rates. The research, which was published in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that tiny parasitic organisms likely have an easier time adapting to...

London Zoo Mountain Chicken Frogs Make Comeback
2012-07-30 05:46:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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, various media outlets reported Sunday. According to Telegraph Science Correspondent Richard Gray, the mountain chicken frogs had been rescued from the island of Montserrat, where they had been threatened by the spread of the Chytrid fungus. Chytridiomycosis, a disease associated...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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