Fighting Bat Fungus with Bacteria
A devastating bat disease may be treated with bacteria
Now, a team including Joseph Hoyt, a graduate student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, think they may have discovered a way to fight the fungus.
By studying bats that resist the fungus, they found a bacteria that produces a chemical that stops the fungus in its tracks. They think that by culturing and spraying this bacteria in caves where bats are hibernating, they might be able to protect the wild populations that remain.