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UV Light Used As A New Tool To Detect White-Nose Syndrome In Bats
2014-05-30 12:22:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, biologists looking to identify bats with the deadly white-nose syndrome have a new, non-invasive tool – ultraviolet light. The study authors found that when they directed UV light at the wings of bats with WNS, microscopic skin lesions on the animals fluoresce with a distinctive orange-yellow color. “When we first saw this fluorescence of a bat wing in a cave, we knew...

Researchers Reveal New Clues Of Bat Killer’s Path
2014-01-30 11:08:17

The University of Akron As North American bats face a death toll approaching 7 million, University of Akron scientists reveal new clues about their killer, White Nose Syndrome, or WNS. The UA researchers reveal that the deadly WNS fungus can likely survive in caves with or without the presence of bats and threatens the regional extinction of North American bats. This discovery casts a gloomy forecast for the curious flying mammals, which serve as critical food plant pollinators and...

Bat White Nose Fungus Is Rubust
2013-10-25 15:38:50

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A fungus has been decimating bat colonies for at least the last seven years, infecting bats during their winter hibernation, leaving them weak and vulnerable to starvation and secondary infections. Bats infected with Pseudogymnoascus (Geomyces) destructans often have a distinctive white fungal growth around their muzzle, a sign of what is commonly referred to as white-nose syndrome. In a study published earlier this week by the journal...

White Nose Syndrome Relatives Found
2013-07-26 12:15:02

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online First identified in 2006 in upstate New York, White Nose Syndrome (WNS) has decimated the North American bat population, killing millions of animals over the past several years. According to a new report in the journal Fungal Biology, biologists from the US Forest Service have identified several benign relatives of the fungus that is believed to cause the disease. "Identification of the closest known relatives of this fungus makes...

Grants Awarded For White-Nose Syndrome Research
2013-06-28 05:42:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced grant awards to twenty-eight states for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. The grants, which range in size from just under $7,000 to approximately $50,000, will be used by state natural resource agencies to support research, monitor bat populations and detect and respond to white-nose syndrome, a disease that afflicts bats. "White-nose syndrome has spread rapidly from one state in...

White Nose Syndrome Detected Earlier In Bats Thanks To Better DNA Analysis
2013-03-14 08:15:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers studying White Nose Syndrome (WNS) identified a fungus called Geomyces destructans as the cause of the devastating disease, but until now have been unable to detect it without finding dead or dying bats. New research by a team of US Forest Service scientists and partners has identified additional species of Geomyces. The study, published in the journal Mycologia, describes the development of a highly sensitive...


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