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Fungus-Chomping Micro Predators Could Protect Amphibians from Deadly Skin Disease

Microbes that thrive in lakes happily consume the pandemic fungus that has caused declines in more than half the planet’s amphibian species

In 2012 a team of temperamental donkeys picked their way down the French Pyrenees carrying a payload of voracious protists. Donkeys wouldn’t ordinarily be required to ferry single-celled microbes, but these tiny organisms happened to be inhabitants of the several hundred pounds of lake water that the donkeys were also carrying, whether they liked

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