Scientists Identify Key Fungal Species That Help Explain Mysteries of White Nose Syndrome

Posted by Gaby T, August 9, 2013

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U.S. Forest Service researchers have identified what may be a key to unraveling some of the mysteries of White Nose Syndrome: the closest known non-disease causing relatives of the fungus that causes WNS. These fungi, many of them still without formal Latin names, live in bat hibernation sites and even directly on bats, but they do not cause the devastating disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States. Researchers hope to use these fungi to understand why one fungus can be deadly to bats while its close relatives are benign.

via July 25 News: Scientists Identify Key Fungal Species That Help Explain Mysteries of White Nose Syndrome | Science Daily

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