A Missouri bat that died after being infected with white-nose syndrome. Photo courtesy USGS.

A Missouri bat that died after being infected with white-nose syndrome. Photo courtesy USGS.

UC Santa Cruz research suggests preventive treatment may be possible

Staff Report

FRISCO — While most of the news about bats and white-nose syndrome is not good, there’s a glimmer of hope for a preventive treatment, according to scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

In recent lab experiments, researchers at the university identified bacteria  found naturally on some bats that “strongly inhibited” the he growth of the white-nose syndrome fungus.

“We are analyzing data from tests on live bats now, and if the results are positive, the next step would be a small field trial,” said Joseph Hoyt, a UC Santa Cruz graduate student who led the study. Continue reading