04 Apr '11, 3pm

Decline of bats in U.S. could cause billions in agricultural losses

04 Apr 2011: Decline of Bats in U.S. Could Cause Billions in Agricultural Losses A new study concludes that the continuing loss of large numbers of bats in the United States to so-called “white nose syndrome” could cost U.S. agriculture billions of dollars in losses from increased insect Searching for the Vanishing Bats of the Northeast When wildlife biologists ventured into a Vermont cave last month, they found evidence that white-nose syndrome was continuing to take its toll on bat populations. But Elizabeth Kolbert says the key question remains: What can be done to halt the spread of this ailment? READ THE e360 REPORT infestations. Reporting in the journal Science , Gary McCracken of the University of Tennessee calculated that the ecosystem services provided by bats — specifically, the billions of insects they consume annually — are worth at least $3.7 billion a year, a...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/decline_of_bats_in_us_could_c...

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