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  • Fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats proves hardy survivor

    Researchers found that the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats can survive under a variety of conditions and can live and grow on most carbon and nitrogen sources in caves.

    Researchers found that the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats can survive under a variety of conditions and can live and grow on most carbon and nitrogen sources in caves.

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      Researchers found that the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats can survive under a variety of conditions and can live and grow on most carbon and nitrogen sources in caves.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Graduate student Daniel Raudabaugh, left, and mycologist Andrew Miller, of the Illinois Natural History Survey, conducted the first in-depth study of the basic biology of P. destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Andrew Miller, call 217-244-0439; email amiller7@illinois.edu. To reach Daniel Raudabaugh, email raudaba2@illinois.edu. The paper, “Nutritional Capability of and Substrate Suitability for Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the Causal Agent of White-Nose Syndrome,” is available online.