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see water moldwater mold,
common name for a group of multinucleated organisms that superficially resemble fungi but are now recognized as having an independent evolutionary lineage and are placed in the kingdom Protista.
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Many researchers have linked outbreaks of the deadly chytrid fungus to climate change, but the new study asserts that the weather patterns, at Monteverde at least, were not out of the ordinary.
An example is the chytrid fungus, possibly the single biggest threat to amphibians, which is likely exacerbated by human activity.
Frogs in particular are at risk from two deadly diseases; the first, chytrid fungus, clogs their pores and, as they breathe through their skin, chokes them.
Golden frog graphics have been created and installed at two zoos in Panama, and brochures warning about chytrid fungus, and explaining techniques for disinfecting field gear and equipment, have been posted in areas where the fungus was found as a means to help minimize the disease's spread.
The two diseases, ranavirus and chytrid fungus, have already been found in West and South Cumbria and Kent.
While scientists are still debating the connection between chytrid fungus and global warming--some believe they are inextricably linked, while others dispute this--experts agree that the disease helps explain why amphibians are in such dire condition.
The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is a widespread fungal infection affecting amphibians and has been linked to worldwide declines in amphibians worldwide (1).
The idea is to create an area free of Chytrid Fungus, a disease that is deadly to amphibians which has been spreading from Africa over the past 50 years.
After filming, the last remaining wild frogs were taken into captivity to protect them from the deadly chytrid fungus.
Encouraging news from the amphibian world comes from Suriname, where biologists have discovered five new frog species in an area that shows no sign of the chytrid fungus.
Recently, equine influenza was introduced with visiting racehorses, the Hendra virus killed three people in three distinct outbreaks after moving from bats into horses and humans, and the introduced chytrid fungus has also hit our frog populations hard.