27 Oct '11, 1pm

Scientists identify fungus that causes deadly white-nose syndrome in bats #fungus #whitenosesyndrome #bats

27 Oct 2011: Scientists Identify Fungus That Causes Deadly Bat Disease U.S. researchers say they have conclusive evidence that the fungus Geomyces destructans is the cause of the deadly white-nose syndrome that has taken a heavy toll on North American bat populations in recent Rise in Fungal Diseases is Taking Growing Toll on Wildlife In an increasingly interconnected world, fungal diseases are spreading at an alarming rate and have led to deadly outbreaks — including a mysterious ailment that has decimated bat populations across North America. READ THE e360 REPORT years. In a study published in the journal Nature , a coalition of scientific organizations reported that 100 percent of healthy brown bats exposed to the fungus while hibernating developed the mysterious ailment, which has killed more than 1 million cave-dwelling bats in the U.S. since it was first identified i...

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