Study: Frogs man-up– become less vulnerable to pesticide toxicity with exposure

“This has a beneficial outcome. While it doesn’t mean that pesticides are beneficial to amphibians, our work does suggest that amphibians can evolve to resist a variety of pesticides and therefore improve their survival.”

Read the media release.

2 thoughts on “Study: Frogs man-up– become less vulnerable to pesticide toxicity with exposure”

  1. I’ve read that the rats in NYC and Chicago have bred so rapidly that they are immune to most of the rat poisons available. Same kind of thing.

  2. I recently read about a ‘science fair’ project which demonstrated that ‘organic’ (pesticide-free) fruit supported a larger, healthier population of fruit flies (Drosophila) than conventional fruit (with residual pesticides). The conclusion everyone ignored was that residual pesticides can be lethal to residual pests.
    A similar mechanism may be at work in the amphibians, whereby traces of pseticides may be working to protect the amphibians from fungal and/or bacterial pests.

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