New research reveals that chemicals are playing a large part in the reason that amphibians are declining on a global basis. Researchers found that some of the most common pesticides used by home owners on a regular basis can kill frogs in just under an hour suggesting the idea that chemicals may be way amphibians are declining in population at such a fast rate.
The scientists that were in charge of the study wrote that it is alarming and astonishing that some common pesticides can be so deadly at doses that are approved for use by regulatory authorities without a second thought.
University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany researcher Carsten Bruhl stated that you would not think registered products would be able to have such toxic results on wildlife. He added that it is also a pretty simple effect since all it takes is one spray and the amphibian is dead.
Zoological Society of London ecologist Trenton Garner stated that the research study is a very valuable addition to the amount of literature they already have that shows how fertilizers, agricultural pesticides, and herbicides are all hurting biodiversity across the world.
Amphibians are one of the top species facing extinction at the moment as they are also the most threatened and seem to be rapidly declining without any signs of slowing down. Over a third of all amphibians are on the IUCN ‘red list’ of species that are endangered. The largest threats to the animals are disease, loss of habitat, and climate change.
Bruhl previously has taken on studies that show how frogs are able to easily absorb pesticides through their skin making them more deadly due to their permeable skin. One large problem is that at the moment pesticides do not have to be treated on amphibians therefore widespread products like Headline are able to be sold.