Secrets of Frog Killer Laid Bare
Scientists have unravelled the mechanism by which the fungal disease chytridiomycosis kills its victims.
The fungus is steadily spreading through populations of frogs and other amphibians worldwide, and has sent some species extinct in just a few years.
Researchers now report in the journal Science that the fungus kills by changing the animals’ electrolyte balance, resulting in cardiac arrest.
The finding is described as a “key step” in understanding the epidemic.
Read more: BBC
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- 10/22/2009 / 2:27 pm
- amphibians, ecosystems, frog, frogs, fungus (chytridiomycosis), ranavirus, research, save the frogs, toad