White-nose syndrome news

New Study Highlights Importance of Ecosystem Services Provided by Bats

Boston University News Release-Thomas H. Kunz, Warren Distinguished Professor and director of Boston University’s Center for Ecology and Conservation Biology, and a team of researchers, including Elizabeth Braun de Torrez, graduate student in BU’s Department of Biology; Dana M. Bauer, assistant professor in BU’s Department of Geography and Environment; Tatyana Lobova, assistant professor in Old Dominion University’s Department of Biology; and Theodore H. Fleming, emeritus professor of biology at the University of Miami and adjunct professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the...

Bats Worth Billions to Agriculture: Pest-Control Services at Risk

Boston University News Release-Thomas Kunz, Warren Distinguished Professor in Boston University’s Department of Biology, has coauthored an analysis published this week in the journal Science that shows how declines of bat populations caused by a new wildlife disease and fatalities at industrial-scale wind turbines could lead to substantial economic losses on the farm.

UT Professor Finds Economic Importance of Bats in the Billions

Gary McCracken, head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has analyzed the economic impact of the loss of bats in North America in agriculture and has found it to be in the $3.7 to $53 billion a year range.

White Nose Syndrome Detected in Ohio

Wildlife officials have confirmed the first case of white nose syndrome in bats hibernating in an abandoned mine on the Wayne National Forest in Lawrence County.

Iowa DNR: Caves to remain closed

Caves at Maquoketa Caves State Park will remain closed this season, as natural resources officials work to slow the spread of a disease fatal to bats. The caves are a popular feature at the state park, in Jackson County.

New Brunswick Museum Researchers discover bat-killing fungus in New Brunswick, Canada

New Brunswick Museum Researchers Dr. Donald McAlpine and Karen Vanderwolf have discovered White-nose Syndrome (WNS) in New Brunswick’s most important known bat over-wintering cave, located in Albert County. At least twenty-five percent of the bats in the cave have died as a result of this fungus, which grows on bats during their winter hibernation period. Since it was first discovered in New York State in 2006, this disease has spread to thirteen other states as well as Quebec and Ontario, killing over one million insect-eating bats. In some populations, the mortality rate has...

Deadly Bat Malady Found in North Carolina

The first occurances of white nose syndrome in the state of North Carolina have been discovered in a retired Avery County mine as well as in a cave at Grandfather Mountain State Park.

Bat tests positive for white-nosed fungus

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have received confirmation that a bat found in a southern Indiana cave has tested positive for the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome. The case is the state's first for the WNS fungus, believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than one million bats in the eastern United States.


Bats play a significant role in the natural world and this biological function is being threatened by a disease that has already killed off millions of bats in the northeast United States. A new podcast recently released by Great Smoky Mountains National Park describes Park bat and cave resources and the potential threat of the often fatal disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS) to its bat populations. The in-depth podcast, produced by Great Smoky Mountains Association, is available on the Park’s website www.nps.gov/grsm. In addition, a new bat exhibit has been installed at the Park’...

Two White-Nose Syndrome Studies Funded at Tufts Veterinary School

GRAFTON, Mass. -- Researchers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine have received funding for two new studies to investigate White Nose Syndrome, a little-understood fungal infection that has killed more than a million bats in the United States and Canada. These grants bring the number of White Nose studies underway at the school to three.