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Social Bats Pay a Price With New Fungal Disease
July 3, 2012
The impact on bat populations of a deadly fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome may depend on how gregarious the bats are during hibernation. Species that hibernate in dense clusters, even as their populations get smaller, will continue to transmit the disease at a high rate, dooming them to continued decline according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
University of California, Santa Cruz
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