Two bat species in the Mid-Atlantic states face within the next seven years, but some wildlife biologists are optimistic that with a known cause they may now be able to slow progression of the disease, Fears reports.
The fungus appeatrs to be spreading south and west, but scientists speculate the warmer temperatures could slow its growth, making it less lethal. This and the potential for a treatment is good news for agriculture, since insect-eating bats are a natural pesticide. A study released in April suggests farmers could pay tens of millions of dollars more for pesticides with the loss of so many bats. (Read more)