Navigation Links
Scientists tackle the mystery of white-nose syndrome in bats
Date:6/4/2009

KNOXVILLE -- The mysterious disease that has killed more than 90 percent of wintering bats in some caves and mines from Vermont to Virginia during the last three years has raised numerous questions about the nature of the disease and how to control it.

Leading experts in the fields of bat physiology, fungal ecology, ecotoxicology, disease and environmental modeling, among others, will gather at a workshop at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), June 29-July 1, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to explore the disease and to develop solutions to manage it. Representatives from relevant state and federal agencies and other organizations will also attend.

The affliction has been given the name White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) due to its distinctive white fungus growing on the muzzles and other body parts of infected bats. More than a half million bats have died in the last three years due to the disease. Although the cause is unknown, the pathogen is most likely a cold climate fungus. Scientists do not know if the fungus is the sole cause of the bat deaths, or if it is merely an opportunistic pathogen, taking advantage of immune systems weakened by another biological or chemical agent.

It is unclear how WNS spreads, but it is likely transmitted from bat to bat. Other evidence suggests that humans transport the fungus from infected sites to clean sites on clothing and equipment.

The purpose of the meeting is to determine the present knowledge of the disease and to develop predictive models to determine how and under what conditions the disease might spread. Ultimately, the models would be used to help devise appropriate management strategies for controlling it.

Tom Hallam, workshop co-organizer and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UT Knoxville, said so far two management strategies have been proposed to contain the spread of the disease. The first is to eliminate hu
'/>"/>

Contact: Catherine Crawley
ccrawley@nimbios.org
865-974-9350
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Scientists examine perceptions of risk and the spread of disease
2. Scientists discover new genetic immune disorder in children
3. Scientists uncover mode of action of enzyme linked with several types of cancer
4. Scientists unravel the mystery of white-nose syndrome
5. Seventy-three scientists elected to the American Academy of Microbiology
6. Scientists examine human behavior and the threat of disease
7. Singapore scientists elected into National Academy of Sciences
8. Scientists explain how death receptors designed to kill our cells may make them stronger
9. Caltech scientists reveal how neuronal activity is timed in brains memory-making circuits
10. Scientists develop a new HIV microbicide -- and a way to mass produce it in plants
11. City rats loyal to their hoods, scientists discover
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/28/2014)... pinpointed a mechanism in part of the brain that is ... to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The findings ... of the National Academies of Sciences . , "We,ve ... part of the hypothalamus known as the ventromedial nucleus ... levels in the blood," said lead author Sabrina Diano, professor ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... The genome of Solanum pennellii , a wild ... an international group of researchers including the labs headed ... UC Davis Department of Plant Biology. The new genome ... , The work, published July 27 in the journal ... and colleagues at Aachen University in Germany. The UC ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... for Alzheimer,s disease and other forms of dementia, but ... treatment. , University of Washington bioengineers have a designed ... of the body,s normal proteins into a state that,s ... disease, Type 2 diabetes and Lou Gehrig,s disease. The ... their normal state into an abnormally folded form by ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Glucose 'control switch' in the brain key to both types of diabetes 2New protein structure could help treat Alzheimer's, related diseases 2New protein structure could help treat Alzheimer's, related diseases 3
... DigitalPersona, Inc., a leader in fingerprint identity ... Solutions Company is now offering U.are.U fingerprint sensors ... modular point-of-sale (POS) workstation, the Stingray JS-950. The ... can be attached to either side of the ...
... land degradation in dryland regions continuing to worsen, ... on scientist-recommended indicators for monitoring and assessing desertification ... landmark agreement was reached after two weeks of ... attending the Ninth Session of the Conference of ...
... Israel, October 7, 2009 H2 Blocker drugs, such as ... reflux (heartburn), pose no significant risks for the fetus according ... University of the Negev. The study published in the ... the safety of the fetus when H2 blocker drugs ...
Cached Biology News:Panasonic Offers U.are.U(R) Fingerprint Sensor From DigitalPersona on Stingray JS-950 Point-of-Sale Workstations 2Satellite data instrumental in combating desertification 2Satellite data instrumental in combating desertification 3Heartburn drugs deemed safe for fetuses according to Ben-Gurion University researchers 2
(Date:7/29/2014)... 29, 2014  The Society for Clinical Research ... program for the 9 th annual Site ... Amelia Island , Florida.  The focus on ... unchanged, however, the topics and format will allow ... among all stakeholders with a continued focus on ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... CLARA, Calif. , July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ ... services agreement with FORMA Therapeutics, Inc., to provide ... and proprietary fragment-based lead discovery platform for novel ... really excited about the opportunity to work with ... fields of epigenetics and protein homeostasis. FORMA Therapeutics, ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... (PRWEB) July 29, 2014 July ... vaccine pioneer in the biotechnology industry, announced that ... Coast Securities, Inc. to explore financing opportunities that ... technology, a breakthrough vaccine platform with the potential ... The company exclusively licensed the well-established LAMP platform ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... WA (PRWEB) July 29, 2014 ... IRB services, has been awarded accreditation by the ... for its Lean Six Sigma Deployment Program. ... waste and improve performance. , Quorum’s Lean Six ... the Accredited Deployment Program designation. The designation is ...
Breaking Biology Technology:TransCelerate, Lilly, Pfizer, and FDA Highlight Collaborative Program at the Site Solutions Summit 2TransCelerate, Lilly, Pfizer, and FDA Highlight Collaborative Program at the Site Solutions Summit 3Nanosyn Announces Expanded Partnership With FORMA Therapeutics 2Immunomic Therapeutics Engages Newport Coast Securities, Inc. 2Immunomic Therapeutics Engages Newport Coast Securities, Inc. 3Quorum Review IRB Accredited by IASSC for Lean Six Sigma Deployment Program 2Quorum Review IRB Accredited by IASSC for Lean Six Sigma Deployment Program 3
... CINCINNATI, June 16, 2011 Kendle (Nasdaq: ... research organization, today announced several of its senior ... issues at the Drug Information Association (DIA) 47th ... experts will address key topics, including the benefits ...
... , New Generation of the Ziehm Vision RFD ... Imaging has launched a new generation of the Ziehm Vision,RFD ... allows it to be used over an almost unlimited period,of ... ORs.,Thanks to its mobility and significantly lower investment costs,the Ziehm ...
... 2011 NewCardio, Inc., (OTC BB: NWCI) a ... of its recent medical and technical submissions have ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in ... The two papers: ,Wireless Monitoring of Reconstructed 12-Lead ...
Cached Biology Technology:Kendle Experts to Address Key Industry Issues at Drug Information Association 47th Annual Meeting 2Kendle Experts to Address Key Industry Issues at Drug Information Association 47th Annual Meeting 3SVS 2011: Ziehm Imaging Presents Latest Mobile C-armTechnology for Intraoperative use 2NewCardio Selected to Present at 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2NewCardio Selected to Present at 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 3NewCardio Selected to Present at 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 4
Purified Mouse anti-Hu LAT (pY226) Storage Temperature: Refrigerate(2 to 8C)...
Tris-EDTA Buffer Solution, 1X, pH 8.0, sterile, Molecular Biology Grade...
... the most comprehensive, cost-effective solution to ... incorporated unprecedented quality into both our ... proven detection chemistries and antibodies that ... protocol. It also includes our competitively ...
...
Biology Products: