Last year I wrote a story about white-nose syndrome, a devastating fungal disease of Eurasian origin that has wiped out entire populations of native North American bats. A leprous itching wrests hibernating bats from their natural winter slumber and forces them out of their caves in a fruitless search for insects, where the majority perish from hypothermia or starvation. Now a major new discovery in the form of a fungal-inhibiting microbial yeast protein promises to at last turn the tide ... hopefully before several critically endangered bat species are driven to extinction in the wild.
William H. Funk
I'm a freelance writer focusing on natural history, conservation, and environmental law, policy and politics.