David S Blehert

Oct. 31, 2008

Bat Crisis Update

A new report this week from researchers hunting for the cause of a mysterious bat die-off indicates that a fungus may hold the key to solving the mystery.

bats, wildlife, pollinators, zoonoses, epidemic, fungus

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