Some Frogs May Be Developing a Resistance to the Disastrous Chytrid Fungus

Some Frogs May Be Developing a Resistance to the Disastrous Chytrid Fungus

 Author:Matt Simon

Cori Richards-Zawacki/University of Pittsburgh

The dreaded chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis horrifies even the most sober-minded scientists. It grows on a frog’s ultra-sensitive skin, disrupting the organ’s ability to absorb water and air. Considering the number of species the fungus impacts and its ability to rapidly drive them to extinction—as it’s done to hundreds of species so far—it’s considered “the worst infectious disease ever recorded among vertebrates.”…