MSA - Ecology/Pathology
Gargas, Andrea , Trest, Marie T. , Christensen, Martha , Blehert, David S. .
A new Geomyces species Associated with Bat White Nose Syndrome.
Bat White Nose Syndrome (WNS) was first described from infected bats near Albany, NY USA in 2007. Named for the delicate, powdery conidia and hyphae often visible on muzzles, wings, and/or ears of infected bats, WNS devastates hibernating bat populations, leading to up to 90% mortality in a hibernaculum. WNS has since spread to New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia with estimates of hundreds of thousands of bats killed. We have isolated and cultured the associated psychrophilic fungus and causative agent of the White Nose Syndrome cutaneous infection, a new species of Geomyces (Ascomycota, Helotiales).
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1 - Symbiology LLC, Middleton, WI, 53562, USA
2 - University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Botany, Birge Hall, 430 Lincoln Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, 53706-1381, USA
3 - Madison, WI, 53711, USA
4 - USGS - National Wildlife Health Center, 6006 Schroeder Rd, Madison, WI, 53711, USA
Bat White Nose Syndrome
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Location: Cottonwood B/Snowbird Center
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Time: 3:45 PM