26 Aug '11, 7pm

Could zooplankton save frogs from deadly epidemic? [Mongabay]

Could zooplankton save frogs from deadly epidemic? [Mongabay]

Scientists scramble to save dying amphibians (04/28/2011) In forests, ponds, swamps, and other ecosystems around the world, amphibians are dying at rates never before observed. The reasons are many: habitat destruction, pollution from pesticides, climate change, invasive species, and the emergence of a deadly and infectious fungal disease. More than 200 species have gone silent, while scientists estimate one third of the more than 6,500 known species are at risk of extinction. Conservationists have set up an an emergency conservation measure to capture wild frogs from infected areas and safeguard them in captivity until the disease is controlled or at least better understood. The frogs will be bred in captivity as an insurance policy against extinction. Bad news for frogs; amphibian decline worse than feared (04/16/2007) Chilling new evidence suggests amphibians may be in ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0826-amphibian_cure.html

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