Imported Fungal Disease Threatens Local Frogs

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Imported Fungal Disease Threatens Local Frogs
Korean Times -
20 Sep 2009
K Tong-hyung
Area: South Korea

Scientists reported that a deadly disease sweeping through the populations of frogs, toads, newts and other amphibians across the globe has reached South Korean shores, heightening concerns over the protection of local species.

A research team led by Seoul National University (SNU)'s Lee Hang confirmed the local existence of the killer disease, chytridiomycosis.

The fungal disease is blamed for the extinction of about one-third of the 120 frog species lost since the 1980s, and has some scientists fearing the largest mass extinction since that of dinosaurs.


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