Fungal pathogens threaten the survival of bats, snakes and frogs

09/16/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Fungal pathogens are responsible for the decimation of frogs, snakes and bats, according to U.S. biologists, but research to combat their spread gets far less funding than diseases with a clearer link to the economy or human health. Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which causes white-nose syndrome, has killed an estimated 7 million bats in the country since it was first identified in the U.S. in 2006. Chytridiomycosis has eradicated 165 species of amphibians worldwide, and Ophidiomyces poses a serious but under-the-radar threat to snakes.

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