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White-Nose Syndrome is Driving Conservation Batty

Scientists report in a recently published article in Nature that the fungus Geomyces destructans found on bats afflicted with White Nose Syndrome is the primary cause of the disease. However, amidst all the muck of doom and gloom, researchers report in the July issue of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases that affected bats can be nursed back to health with constant medical attention, food, warmth, and water.
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Is the bat-killing "white nose" fungus a European import? [Bats]

Genres / Sci Fi : io9 (3 years ago)

Millions of American bats have died since 2006 from a fungal infection known as white nose syndrome. Caused by the fungus Geomyces destructans, amongst some species it has a mortality rate of 95%, but its origins and mechanism aren'... Read Post

Culprit identified: Fungus causes deadly bat disease

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (3 years ago)

Scientists have discovered that the fungus Geomyces destructans is the cause of deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, according to new research. The study provides the first direct evidence that the fungus G. destructans causes ... Read Post

Bat disease: More accurate, sensitive DNA test allows early identification of fungus causing white nose syndrome

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (2 years ago)

Scientists are identifying additional species of Geomyces and describing development of a highly sensitive DNA-based technique for early identification of Geomyces destructans on bats as well as in soils and on cave walls. Read Post


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