Amphibians in Blue Ridge area dying; surprising pathogen identified

Project looks at environmental crisis: what’s killing off frogs and salamanders in the Southeastern Blue Ridge Mountains? Researchers discover a surprising culprit.

For years now the  global die-off of amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, etc.) has raised increasing alarm bells around the world.

Here in the Southeastern United States, scientists from various research centers and zoos have been studying declining populations of amphibians native to the chain of magnificent, old green mountain known as the Blue Ridge Mountains.

According to a recent news release,  two years of sampling frogs and salamanders deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains has raised concerns about an infectious disease. Yet, surprisingly, the disease is not the one caused by chytrid, the fungus devastating amphibians around the globe.

Instead, the monitoring program led by researcher Betsie Rothermel has documented a local die-off of wood frogs blamed on Ranavirus, a group of viruses that can infect amphibians, reptiles and fish.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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