Hot Resting Spot Helps Frogs Survive Chytridiomycosis Infection

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“Endangered Australian green and golden bell frogs (Litoria aurea) who take a ‘mini sauna’ in sun-warmed bricks can develop resistance to chytridiomycosis, a fungal disease that has driven at least 90 amphibian species to extinction. As a bonus, it helps them to become resistant to future infections at cooler temperatures – anyone can build one in their backyard. “This is one of those examples of a very elegant piece of scientific research that is so obbious and intuitive when you read it, you think ‘why didn’t I do that?’” says biologist Anna Savage, who co-wrote an accompanying Nature News & Views article.”

Source: Nature Briefing Friday 5 July 2024

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41...ail&utm_term=0_b27a691814-fd055021c7-49193211
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“How a hot resting spot can help frogs survive chytridiomycosis infection”
Frog sauna podcast - Starts at 12:39

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41...ail&utm_term=0_b27a691814-fd055021c7-49193211
 
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