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    FROG-KILLING FUNGUS THRIVES Global T rade in L ive B ullfrogs and a M ore V olatile, C hanging C limate W orsen a Deadly A mphibian F ungus. The Scientist, Tia
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      FROG-KILLING FUNGUS THRIVES
      Global T rade in L ive B ullfrogs and a M ore V olatile, C hanging C limate W orsen a Deadly A mphibian F ungus.
      The Scientist, Tia Ghose, August 15, 2012



      It’s not easy being green. Frogs, salamanders, and other amphibian species face extinction, due in part to a mysterious parasitic fungus. Now, two studies shed light on its spread and toll.

      The global bullfrog trade, which sends millions of frogs each year  to the United States, mostly for their meaty legs, may fuel the parasite’s spread and create perfect conditions for a superbug, according to a paper coming out in the next print issue of Molecular Ecology. And a second study, published this week (August 12) in Nature Climate Change, suggests that the increased temperature variability caused by climate change may worsen the parasite’s impact.



      more at:
      http://the-scientist.com/2012/08/15/frog-killing-fungus-thrives/

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