Fungal infection could wipe out some species of bats completely

Nearly six years after the discovery of a catastrophic fungal infection that's decimating bat populations in the U.S. and Canada, scientists have concluded that the disease is primarily transmitted by highly social bats. But just because scientists have a better handle on how bats spread the disease doesn't mean… » 7/03/12 5:00pm 7/03/12 5:00pm

Is the bat-killing "white nose" fungus a European import?

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't fully understood. It's thought that the fungus, which infects the noses and wings of… » 4/13/12 11:59am 4/13/12 11:59am

Mysterious "white nose syndrome" is demolishing bat populations in the Northeast

It's been just five years since the deadly fungus was first identified in a small population of New York bats. In that time, "white nose syndrome" has spread to 16 states and four Canadian provinces. Once infected, afflicted bats have been known to behave erratically, flying far from their nests, never to be seen… » 1/18/12 10:40am 1/18/12 10:40am