U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards $1.4 Million in Grants for Work on Deadly Bat Disease: $2 Million Available in Second Round

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today grant awards totaling $ 1.4 million for nine projects addressing federal research and response to white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that affects hibernating bats.

See press release attached below.

2014 White-Nose Syndrome Grant Recipients, Round 1

 

1.      Implementation and Summer Pilot of the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)

Laura Ellison, U.S. Geological Survey - Fort Collins (Colorado) Science Center; Susan Loeb; Kevin Castle and Rita Dixon (Idaho) $200,638

 

2.      Expanded Surveillance for the Detection of Pseudogymnoascus destructans Distribution and Spread of WNS in the Continental United States

Anne Ballmann, U.S. Geological Survey - National Wildlife Health Center (Madison, Wisconsin); David Blehert and Robin Russell $402,231

 

3.      Management of Bat White-Nose Syndrome through Protective Skin Fungi and Activation of Host Immune Response

David S. Blehert, U.S. Geological Survey – National Wildlife Health Center (Madison, Wisconsin) and Jeff Lorch $133,533

 

4.      Management of Bat White-Nose Syndrome by Suppression of Pathogenic Environmental Reservoirs

David S. Blehert, U.S. Geological Survey – National Wildlife Health Center (Madison, Wisconsin) and Jeff Lorch  $199,973

 

5.      Oral Vaccines and Delivery Methods for Controlling Disease in Bats

Tonie E. Rocke, U.S. Geological Survey - National Wildlife Health Center (Madison, Wisconsin); David Blehert; Jorge Osorio and Bruce Klein $217,741

 

6.      Survival and Recruitment in Affected Areas, Including Environmental or Behavioral Factors

Susan Loeb, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station (Clemson, South Carolina); Roger Perry and Sybill Amelon, $37,727

 

7.      Using Genomics and Transcriptomics to Understand and Combat WNS: Determining and targeting virulence factors in Pseudogymnoascus destructans

Daniel L. Lindner, US Forest Service, Center for Forest Mycology Research (CFMR)

Northern Research Station (Madison, Wisconsin) $170,650

 

8.      Testing Cleaning and Disinfection Products for Efficacy against Pseudogymnoascus destructans

Kevin Castle, National Park Service WASO-Biological Resource Management Division (Fort Collins, Colorado) and Jessie Glaeser $28,500

 

9.      Development of Educational Tools to Inform and Engage the Public in Bat Conservation and White-Nose Syndrome Efforts (Project Edubat)

Cynthia Sandeno, U.S. Forest Service Eastern Region (West Virginia), Carol Zokaites and Gail Moede Rogall $21,850