U.S. Federal Innovation 26: Identifying the Bat-Killing Culprit
Little brown bat with WNS.
Research conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin has provided the first direct evidence that the fungus Geomyces destructans causes white-nose syndrome (WNS), a rapidly spreading disease that has been decimating populations of North American bats. The study is the first breakthrough in the race to prevent further declines in bat populations. Besides their aesthetic qualities, bats provide important pest control services for agriculture with an estimated value in billions of dollars.