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Monday 21:00-21:30
Frontiers explores new ideas in science, meeting the researchers who see the world through fresh eyes and challenge existing theories - as well as hearing from their critics. Many such developments create new ethical and moral questions and Frontiers is not afraid to consider these.
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Monday 9 June 2008
Sardinian Brook Newt
A Sardinian Brook Newt
(credit: Zirichiltaggi & Stefano Doglio)

Amphibian Collapse?

One third of amphibians globally are threatened with extinction.

In this week’s Frontiers Sue Broom investigates the mysterious disease that's killing frogs, newts and salamanders.

Scientists believe they know what’s responsible for the deaths of amphibians across the world - a waterborne fungus called chytrid.

But why has it started to kill frogs only recently and what is it about amphibians that makes them so susceptible?

Sue Broom travels to Sardinia to meet the team of scientists who are part of a global effort to tackle the mass extinction.

They are monitoring the local species of Sardinian Brook Newt and the Sardinian Painted Frog.

Are they now threatened with extinction? And what does this means for species world wide? Are frogs acting like the canary in the coalmine, senstiitve to a variety of environmental changes?

Sue Broom investigates one of the biggest animal extinctions in human memory.
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