One of Queensland's endangered species, Eastern Sedgefrog, set to benefit from additional funding. Picture: Supplied
One of Queensland's endangered species, Eastern Sedgefrog, set to benefit from additional funding. Picture: Supplied Gary Cranitch

Scientists on verge of preventing seven species' extinctions

SEVEN frog species could be saved from extinction as scientists use a new research grant to find a treatment for a fungal disease.

Science Minister Ian Walker said Dr Alexandra Roberts from James Cook University would use a $180,000 research grant to develop a treatment to stop the disease killing the world's frogs.

He said Dr Robert's project was one of 24 grants across the state to share in $7.18 million in funding under the accelerate program.

"Dr Roberts' project will look at the fungal disease chytridiomycosis, which has caused the global extinction of many amphibians, including six Australian frog species, all of them from Queensland," he said.

"Five more Queensland frog species are endangered and two are critically endangered.

"These species will likely become extinct unless intensive management strategies for chytridiomycosis are implemented."

Dr Roberts said the fungus inhibited the frog's immune system, damaged the skin and caused death via cardiac arrest.

She said she hoped her research would inform management and frog introduction practices in Queensland to help control the spread and impact of this devastating disease.

"I will look to develop targeted drugs to overcome the inhibition of the frog's immune system and enhance vaccination against the disease," she said.



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