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Europe's Bats Resist Fungal Scourge of North America

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Science  08 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5962, pp. 132
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5962.132-b

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The same fungus that has devastated bat colonies in the northeastern United States has been identified for the first time in Europe—in a healthy bat. So far, no mass casualties have been detected among Europe's species. Now the challenge is to figure out why most European bats are not infected and why those that are remain healthy—and whether that knowledge can be used to help ailing bat populations in the United States.