Fungus kills frogs by causing electrolyte imbalance and dehydration

04/25/2012 |

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, the fungus that leads to chytridiomycosis disease and has reduced Sierra Nevada's mountain yellow-legged frog population by 75% in just four years, causes death by altering fluid and electrolyte balance, resulting in dehydration, according to research conducted during the outbreak. Researchers hope their findings will lead to treatments and believe that giving ill frogs electrolyte supplements may provide some help.

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