So Far, No Silver Bullet To Stop Lethal Bat Fungus

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Since its appearance in the U.S. seven years ago, white-nose syndrome has decimated bat populations across eastern North America. Scientists say they’ve determined the culprit—a soil-dwelling fungus called Pseudogymnoascus destructans—and now they’re investigating novel ways to stop it, including antifungal bacteria.

[To survive on Mars, BYO bacteria.]

Segment Guests

Chris Cornelison

Chris Cornelison is a post-doctoral research associate at Georgia State University and the U.S. Forest Service in Atlanta, Georgia.

Winifred Frick

Winifred Frick is chief scientist for Bat Conservation International and an associate research professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, California.

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About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.

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