24 Nov '11, 11am

Green Blog: Global Trade Spreads a Fatal Amphibian Disease

Kenneth H. Thomas / Photo Researchers, Inc. American bullfrogs are resistant to the lethal amphibian disease known as chytrid, and since they are commonly traded overseas, they are becoming the Typhoid Marys of the amphibian world. A recent study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science reported that global trade in amphibians is one of the big culprits in spreading a fungal disease known as chytrid, responsible for the stunning die-off of amphibians across the world. Half of all amphibians are in decline , while a third are threatened with extinction, because of the pathogen , which carries the formal name Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. It infects the amphibians’ skin cells — through which most amphibians take in water and salts, including those of sodium and potassium — and thickens the skin, reducing its ability to absorb water and salts. The recent study ...

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