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Frog wars: survivors emerge in war with killer fungus

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Australian scientists have found that some native frogs are winning their war against the world's most devastating frog-killer – the chytrid fungus – while others are losing it.

Studies by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) show the whistling tree frog is successfully beating the lethal fungus, as is the alpine tree frog. However the iconic yellow-and-black striped corroboree frog – a critically endangered Australian species – is fast losing the struggle.

The research is also revealing what causes frogs to live or die – providing scientists crucial clues in the fight to save the nation's remaining frogs, says Mr Ben Scheele, who recently completed his PhD with CEED at The Australian National University (ANU).

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