Parasites Rule with Climate Change: Wild and extreme swings in temperature got you down? Worried you won't be able to adapt to the changing climate or migrate at the right time to match the seasons? Having a hard time breeding cuz you're still not sure what happened to spring this year? Well if you answered yes to all of the above, you must not be a parasite.
Tiny parasitic organisms such as tapeworms and fungi, are expected to take advantage of stressed out animals struggling to adapt to climate change, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study found that frogs showed less resistance to fighting off a fungal skin infection if they were exposed to a much cooler temperature regime after four weeks than frogs that experienced a warm and cool shift in temperatures daily or were already accustomed to the cooler temperature. via Reuters