03 Apr '11, 6pm

Bats worth billions

Bats worth billions

'Stopgap’ to preserve US bats from devastating fungus (03/05/2009) Half a million bats have succumbed to a mysterious fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome in two years. Found in seven states in the northeastern US, this syndrome has left biologists baffled since first discovered in 2006. While researchers are still trying to uncover the relationship of the syndrome to the bats, a recent study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment e-View suggests a way to mitigate the syndrome devastating affect. Employing a mathematical simulation the researchers found that using localized heat sources on hibernating bats may preserve populations while a long-term solution is found. Previously unknown fungus may have triggered mass bat die-offs in the U.S. (10/30/2008) Researchers have identified the fungus that may have been the culprit in mass dief-offs of bats in ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0402-hance_bats_services.html

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