Michael Lannoo

in Malformed Frogs

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255883
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942530 | DOI:

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The strategy taken by most malformed frog researchers seems sound enough both in theory and in practice, and proceeds as follows: (1) develop awareness; (2) identify causes; (3) effect solutions. This chapter illustrates problems with this approach, suggesting that the priority of the malformed frog investigation has been to identify and promote causes of malformations. It argues that in following the logical flow, there is no need to know the cause in great detail in order to achieve a solution. The chapter offers the following solutions to reduce or eliminate most causes of amphibian malformations: install non-agricultural vegetative buffers, reduce the overuse of both fertilizers and pesticides, fence off wetlands that need not be used by cattle, and install and maintain septic systems. While it is the job of science to lead the way in showing how to solve the malformed frog problem, the solutions themselves must come from a willing society.

Keywords: malformed frog; causes; solutions; vegetative buffers; fertilizers; pesticides

Chapter.  4415 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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