I seem to hear a lot about the rapid increase of fungal disease both in plants and animals. Here is an example of how it is taking its total on global wildlife...

  • "Asian frogs becoming extinct before they can be identified, biologists warn" Scientists fear amphibian destruction will be disastrous, with many species disappearing uncatalogued... Frogs and other amphibians are being wiped out at such a rapid rate across Asia that many are going extinct before scientists even have a chance to identify them as new species, biologists warned at an international conservation meeting in South Korea this week. The scale of the destruction – caused by habitat loss, disease, pollution and other factors – is hard to quantify, but scientists fear the result will be disastrous. Amphibians have been suffering a wave of devastation all around the world, in part because of the spread of the fungal disease Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, known as BD or chytrid fungus, which has wiped out whole populations within the space of a few years. Full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/12/frog-species-extinct-… (Wednesday 12 September 2012)