To Find Out What's Eating Bats, Biologist Takes To Barn Rooftops

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 21:28 in Biology & Nature

Bloodsucking pests like bat fleas and bat flies may not sound very appealing to the rest of us, but to many biologists they are considered among the most successful creatures evolution has ever produced. Researchers aim to provide a clearer picture of how potential disease vectors adapt to bats. This work may shed light on White Nose Syndrome, which has killed tens of thousands of bats in the northeastern U.S. and which some feel may parallel the Colony Collapse Disorder that has devastated honey bee colonies in recent years.

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