Economic importance of bats in the 'billions a year' range

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 15:31 in Mathematics & Economics

Researchers analyzed the economic impact of the loss of bats in North America in agriculture and found it to be in the $3.7 to $53 billion a year range. A single colony of 150 big brown bats eat nearly 1.3 million insects a year -- insects that could potentially be damaging to crops.

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