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BATS Magazine

Volume 37, Issue 1, 2018

Bat Signals

On the Front Line

Winifred Frick and Maarten Vonhof inspect a bat during their visit to
a field site.
Courtesy of Winifred Frick/BCI

BCI begins large-scale experiment to protect bats from White-nose Syndrome

For many bat species in North America, winter usually means it’s time to tuck in and catch some shut-eye. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the scientists studying these flying mammals—even when the temperature drops well below freezing, the work continues.

This winter, BCI and partners began implementing a large-scale experiment to learn how to protect bats in regions currently affected by White-nose Syndrome. From the mines of Michigan to the caves of Texas, scientists are working around-the-clock to study the fungus. They are currently testing treatment options for containing the fungus that causes White-nose Syndrome, Pseudogymnoascus destructans.

“BCI is an important partner in our field test of a potential treatment—from providing financial and logistical support and expertise, to full involvement as an engaged collaborator; our research benefits tremendously from the work you do,” explains Maarten Vonhof, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University.

The research is supported by a grant from the Bats for the Future Fund from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Stay tuned for more exciting news on this cutting-edge work.

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