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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...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'