Northeast Bat-Killing Disease is Spreading Southward

From New Hampshire to Virginia, Thomas Kunz, biology professor and long-time expert on bats, searches for answers about White Nose Syndrome, the mysterious white fungus that continues to kill tens of thousands of bats.  Like the disappearing honeybees and frogs, bats play a critical role in the balance of nature, consuming 50 to 100 percent their body weight in insects in a single night. He worries the mysterious disease may move further south.

“If this continues to spread, we are talking about extinctions. I’ve studied bats for 44 years. This is unprecedented in my lifetime. What are these insects going to do that aren’t being eaten? They can cause serious damage to crops, gardens and forests, further upsetting both the natural and human-altered ecosystems.”

Contact Thomas Kunz, 617-353-2474, kunz@bu.edu

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