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Since 2006, more than six million bats across the eastern United States and Canada have died from white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease found in hibernating bats. Despite high mortality in some populations, pockets of survivors exist even in heavily affected areas. Researchers will evaluate whether environmental factors (such as temperature and humidity in caves) and/or non-environmental factors (such as individual genetics) influence survival and mortality in bats infected with WNS. Understanding why some bats survive in areas where WNS is well established will help researchers develop new management plans for at-risk bat populations to help prevent mass die-offs.

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Colorado State University
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United States
Benjamin Golas, VMD
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Infectious Disease