Worldwide amphibians are the most threatened class in the animal kingdom. In recent years Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a fungal pathogen, has caused havoc among many species of frogs, toads and salamanders, decreasing populations and wiping out others.
New research shows an example of a missing link between climatic disruptions and biodiversity decline: killer microbes.
Scientists have engineered a fungus (M. anisopliae) to contain antimicrobial proteins or antibodies that prevent the parasitic infection (P. falciparum) that causes malaria in humans. Mosquitoes, even infected ones, can be inoculated with the fungi that will prevent the parasite … Continue reading