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UGA study reveals ecosystem-level consequences of frog extinctions
Date:10/16/2008

eam has not rebounded. "It's still sad going back," Connelly said, to which Pringle added: "Once the frogs die, it's like an incredible silence descends over the whole area. It's eerie."

To date, scientists have not found a way to stop the spread of the fungus in the wild. Broadly applying a fungicide to an entire watershed, Connelly said, would kill beneficial fungi that are necessary for a healthy ecosystem.

But scientists can cure individual frogs in captivity by simply swabbing them with a fungicide. Connelly has worked to protect frogs through Amphibian Ark, a global effort supported by zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums and research institutions that aims to ensure the survival of amphibians by collecting and breeding them. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of the key breeding sites.

"The one speck of hope is that if we're able to collect some of these rare animals, we can cure them," Connelly said. "As long as we have the money to keep a breeding program going, in the future it might be possible to reintroduce them into the wild."


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Contact: Sam Fahmy
sfahmy@uga.edu
706-542-5361
University of Georgia
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