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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...

Deadly Fungus Causing Dehydration In Wild Frogs
2012-04-27 04:47:07

According to a new study, the fungal infection killing amphibians around the world is causing deadly dehydration in frogs in the wild. The scientists say that high levels of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), the fungus known as the culprit behind the death of the frogs, disrupts fluid and electrolyte balance in the frogs.  As a result, the amphibians' sodium and potassium levels are depleted, causing cardiac arrest and death. San Francisco State University biologist Vance...

2012-03-12 19:58:19

Known for its distinctive "ribbit" call, the noisy Pacific chorus frog is a potent carrier of a deadly amphibian disease, according to new research published today in the journal PLoS ONE. Just how this common North American frog survives chytridiomycosis may hold clues to protect more vulnerable species from the disease. Chytrid has wiped out more than 200 frog species across the world and poses the greatest threat to vertebrate biodiversity of any known disease. In California's Sierra...

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2011-08-18 10:22:38

SF State's Vance Vredenburg and team continue focus on mass extinction of amphibians An international team of researchers has completed the first major survey in Asia of a deadly fungus that has wiped out more than 200 species of amphibians worldwide. The massive survey could help scientists zero in on why the fungus has been unusually devastating in many parts of the globe -- and why Asian amphibians have so far been spared the same dramatic declines. The disease chytridiomycosis, caused by...

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2011-05-03 09:47:19

There's a crisis among the world's amphibians"”about 40 percent of amphibian species have dwindled in numbers in just three decades. Now, museum jars stuffed full of amphibians may help scientists decide whether this wave of extinctions was caused by a fungal infection. DNA swabbed from the preservative-soaked skins of salamanders, frogs and toads"”collected from some of Central America's best-known extinction hotspots"” revealed a startling but clear pattern. Salamanders in...

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2010-05-11 08:10:00

Scientists have unraveled the dynamics of a deadly disease that is wiping out amphibian populations across the globe. New findings, published May 10 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest that infection intensity -- the severity of the disease among individuals -- determines whether frog populations will survive or succumb to an amphibian fungal disease called Chytridiomycosis. The research identifies a dangerous tipping point in infection intensity, beyond which...

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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...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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