Frogs find a way to coexist with deadly fungus

Frogs of the genus Diasporus survived a 2004 chytrid fungus outbreak in Panama. ©Graziella DiRenzo

After frog populations in Panama were decimated by a 2004 chytrid fungus outbreak, the species that survived have developed the ability to coexist with the fungus, according to recent research. A study published in Ecological Applications suggests frog populations in El Copé, Panama underwent ecological or evolutionary changes that enabled the surviving populations to persist. Researchers believe that could mean good news for other regions in the world that have been hard hit by the deadly fungus.

Read the study in Ecological Applications.