Under very rare circumstances a spatial mismatch caused by climate change can be a good thing. But before you start betting on compensating one ecological disturbance with another that’s possibly even more dangerous, we think perhaps we should discuss another … Continue reading
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