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UT researcher helps find link in bat deaths

November 7th, 2011 10:17 am by Staff Report

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A University of Tennessee researcher has helped confirm a link between a fungus and the death of bats.

Justin Boyles, a post-doctoral research associate in ecology and evolutionary biology, helped write a study with others. The study discovered that the fungus Geomyces destructans is causing White-nose Syndrome, a disease decimating the bat population.

Boyles said the research is a major step in determining how the disease develops and how to control it.

The findings are in the latest edition of the publication "Nature."

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