Friday, June 5, 2015

Breakthrough Discovery For Bats' White-Nose Syndrome

The fuzzy white substance on the muzzle, ears,
and wings of these bats are indicative of
white-nose syndrome. 
Source: NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Finally, there is some hopeful news in the battle against white-nose syndrome!

A team of researchers from UC San Francisco and Brown University published a ground-breaking study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about white-nose syndrome.

This disease, which is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, has devastated cave-dwelling bat populations across eastern North America. It causes bats to prematurely wake from hibernation during the winter – this uses up their limited energy stores and results in starvation.  Read the entire article.

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