North American bat species are in deep trouble, thanks to a small fungus pseudogymnoascus destructans that grows on the body parts of hibernating bats, causing what is known as White Nose Syndrome. Bat colonies infected with White Nose Syndrome can experience mortality rates as high as 90%. Scientists around the globe have been scrambling to gain a better understanding of White Nose Syndrome before this particularly lethal fungus drives susceptible bats extinct.
Daniel Lindner is a Research Plant Pathologist with the U.S. Forest Service who has been studying White Nose Syndrome for years. Lindner is part of a research team that thinks they may have just found a cure, using ultraviolet light. Daniel Lindner joins Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing by phone.