Bat-killing fungus is a European import

White-nose infection ups arousal rate during hibernation, depleting energy stores

By Janet Raloff, 17:43 PM April 9, 2012

The same fungal species wiping out hibernating American bats also strikes their European kin — although it doesn’t kill them. But that’s not because the European strain of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome is less virulent, a new study finds.

“The European version is even nastier than the North American one,” says Craig Willis, a wildlife biologist at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba. The surprise finding emerged from a trial in which he and his colleagues infected 36 healthy...

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