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The effects of acid rain on anurans and the possibilities of protection in Hungary, focusing on the challenges of forest management

Author(s): Zs. Antal | P. Puttonen

Journal: North-Western Journal of Zoology
ISSN 1584-9074

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Twelve predominantly sylvan anuran species presently occur in Hungary (Table 1). Unfortunately their numbers are decreasing. To stop, or at least decelerate this process, there is a need to get acquainted with the dangers that prey upon them. Acid rain is one of these contingencies. Acid rain can harm anurans both directly and indirectly. Direct effects are very serious, but indirect effects are long lasting due to loss and damage of forests as very important habitats. In assessment of ecology, anurans among other biotic elements are also participants of the Earth’s ecosystem, while in assessment of biodiversity these species are also needed to conserve the natural façade of Earth for the further generations. Thus protection of these animals is one step in achieving aims of nature conservation. Forest management practices together with modern nature conservation methods can benefit anuran protection in Hungary.
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