Thursday, June 30, 2005

Tasmanian Evil

The Department of Primary Industries, Water & Environment in Australia recently announced that a sometimes deadly frog disease has been discovered in Tasmania. The disease, caused by a chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), is thought to have come from South Africa, though it has been known in Australia since the late 1970s [source]. Afflicted frogs show damage to a protective keratin-based layer of their skin that could inhibit their ability to breath or take in water.

2 comments:

DRP said...

SW Deserts burning up due to invasive weeds, bromus, brassica, etc. It is killing significant areas of the Sonoran Desert in AZ this year.

Daniel R. Patterson
Desert Ecologist
Tucson AZ

RBB said...

Certain things were meant to live in certain places...once you start messing with where the species lives, it is easy for them to adapt/mutate/assimilate/occupy any area. Look at how homo-sapiens have really been the poster child for "let's go over there it would be better for us!" or Let's figure this out!"