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Amphibian fungal panzootic causes catastrophic and ongoing loss of biodiversity

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Science  29 Mar 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6434, pp. 1459-1463
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav0379

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The demise of amphibians?

Rapid spread of disease is a hazard in our interconnected world. The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis was identified in amphibian populations about 20 years ago and has caused death and species extinction at a global scale. Scheele et al. found that the fungus has caused declines in amphibian populations everywhere except at its origin in Asia (see the Perspective by Greenberg and Palen). A majority of species and populations are still experiencing decline, but there is evidence of limited recovery in some species. The analysis also suggests some conditions that predict resilience.

Science, this issue p. 1459; see also p. 1386

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