HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Amphibian declines complicated, disturbing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- People who are looking for a magic bullet that will explain all of the amphibian deaths and declines around the world are going to be disappointed, a leading expert said Friday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

It's now a certainty that there are multiple causes which are contributing to this problem, said Andrew Blaustein, a professor of zoology at Oregon State University and one of the pioneers in this field of study. But the lack of a single, definite cause does not diminish the seriousness of this alarming ecological phenomenon, he said.

"At this point we can say for sure that there are several causes of amphibian declines, which include rising levels of UV-B radiation in sunlight, pathogens, pollutants, habitat destruction, introduced predators and most recently, crop fertilizers," Blaustein said. "But the overall result is that this group of animals which has been around since the time of the dinosaurs is now in serious decline all over the world. And some of the things that are killing frogs almost certainly have implications for other animal species, including humans."

The multiple causes of amphibian declines, in fact, helps to illustrate how ecological changes may have a synergistic effect to compound problems, Blaustein said. In various instances it might be that UV-B radiation, or pathogens, or high nitrate levels by themselves would not be enough to cause death or deformity.

Put them all together and you have far more serious impacts, he said. Such as the 14 species of amphibians that have disappeared from Australia in recent years. The five species of amphibians in the Pacific Northwest of the United States that are listed as candidates for the endangered species list. The extinction of the golden toad in Costa Rica. Massive egg mortalities of the Cascades frog in Oregon. Amphibian declines in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa. Even problems in the pri
'"/>

Contact: Andrew Blaustein
blaustea@bcc.orst.edu
541-737-5356
Oregon State University
17-Feb-2000


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Amphibians life stages influence contaminant transfer from aquatic to terrestrial environments
2. Amphibians and crippling parasites
3. Amphibian mortality linked to global climate change
4. Amphibian mortality linked to climate change
5. Amphibian declines and deformities: what is the latest?
6. Amphibian Revival: Build It And They Will Come
7. Secretary Babbitt To Visit Smokies To Learn More Of Scientific Amphibian Project And Declining Frog And Toad Populations
8. At Last, Zoologists May Know What Is Killing The Worlds Amphibians
9. USGS Responds to Amphibian Declines With Program In Great Smokey Mountains National Park
10. Increasing Threat Of Extinction For Amphibians? Scientists To Seek Answers At NSF Workshop
11. Amphibian Mortality Due To UV Radiation

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Amphibian declines complicated disturbing

(Date:12/19/2014)... Dec. 18, 2014  23andMe, Inc., the leading personal genetics company, ... differences in genetic ancestry of individuals from across ... arrived more than four hundred years ago, the ... for peoples from different continents. This study illuminates how American ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Dec. 15, 2014  HITLAB SM announced today its ... confirm its adherence to current U.S. Food and Drug ... regulated smart device and smart phone application trials utilizing ... "HITLAB is determined to improve global healthcare ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... DUBLIN , Dec. 12, 2014 Research and Markets ... of the "Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019" ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 Facial recognition is a technology ... measures the overall facial feature of a person such ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):23andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 223andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 323andMe Study Sketches Genetic Portrait of the United States 4HITLAB Completes GCP Audit for FDA Smart Device & App Compliance 2Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 2Global Facial Recognition Market 2015-2019: Key Vendors are 3M Cogent, Cognitec Systems, NEC and Safran Group 3
(Date:1/23/2015)... MD (PRWEB) January 23, 2015 Portal ... modern digital workplaces on Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint ... Future 50 Award program for being one of the region’s ... revenue and employee growth. , “To be recognized a ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015  Transwestern | RBJ today announces the firm brokered a ... Shire a leading biopharmaceutical company, at Two Ledgemont Center in ... Robert Richards , president, and Brian Cohen , senior ... five-floor building at 95 Hayden Ave. Photo - ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Cambridge Semantics, the leading provider of smart data solutions driven ... record-breaking year across the board for the company. , ... and our Smart Data solutions, our customers were able to ... to record growth for the company in 2014,” said Alok ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Rootstown, OH (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Crystal ... announced today that it has received AOAC-PTM Certifications for the ... O111, O121, and O145; collectively referred to as STEC or ... at 1 colony forming unit (cfu) per 325 g of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Washington SmartCEO Announces Portal Solutions as 2015 Future 50 Award Winner Second Year in a Row 2Washington SmartCEO Announces Portal Solutions as 2015 Future 50 Award Winner Second Year in a Row 3Transwestern | RBJ Advises Shire in 202,000 SF Lease, Creating Boston's Largest Suburban Biotech Campus 2Cambridge Semantics Announces Record Results for 2014 2Crystal Diagnostics Awarded AOAC-PTM Accreditation for the Rapid Detection of “Big 6” E.coli Food Pathogens 2
Cached News: