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An Emerging Disease Causes Regional Population Collapse of a Common North American Bat Species
It seems that although rabies viruses have the potential for rapid evolution, this property alone is not enough to overcome genetic barriers, which inhibit the onward transmission of rabies virus into a new species.
Roosting Ecology of Bats
- T. Kunz
- Environmental Science
Bats spend over half their lives subjected to the selective pressures of their roost environment; thus it is not surprising that the conditions and events associated with roosting have played a…
Ecological Impacts of Wind Energy Development on Bats: Questions, Research Needs, and Hypotheses
At a time of growing concern over the rising costs and long-term environmental impacts of the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy, wind energy has become an increasingly important sector of the…
Carpe noctem: the importance of bats as bioindicators
The earth is now subject to climate change and habitat deterioration on unprecedented scales. Monitoring climate change and habitat loss alone is insufficient if we are to understand the effects of…
Ecosystem services provided by bats
- T. Kunz, E. C. Braun de Torrez, D. Bauer, T. Lobova, T. Fleming
- EconomicsAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
- 1 March 2011
Information on the ecological and economic value of ecosystem services provided by bats can be used to inform decisions regarding where and when to protect or restore bat populations and associated habitats, as well as to improve public perception of bats.
Sociality, density-dependence and microclimates determine the persistence of populations suffering from a novel fungal disease, white-nose syndrome.
- K. Langwig, W. Frick, Jason T. Bried, Alan C. Hicks, T. Kunz, A. M. Kilpatrick
- Environmental ScienceEcology letters
- 1 September 2012
In hibernating bats infected with Geomyces destructans, it is shown that impacts of disease on solitary species were lower in smaller populations, whereas in socially gregarious species declines were equally severe in populations spanning four orders of magnitude, and decreases in social group size that reduced the likelihood of extinction.
Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture
Analysis suggesting that loss of bats in North America could lead to agricultural losses estimated at more than $3.7 billion/year is presented.
Global Conservation Significance of Ecuador's Yasuní National Park
Yasuní has outstanding global conservation significance due to its extraordinary biodiversity and potential to sustain this biodiversity in the long term because of its large size and wilderness character, and likelihood of maintaining wet, rainforest conditions while anticipated climate change-induced drought intensifies in the eastern Amazon.
Molecular phylogeny of New World Myotis (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA genes.
Bat Guano Virome: Predominance of Dietary Viruses from Insects and Plants plus Novel Mammalian Viruses
This initial characterization of the bat guano virome, the first metagenomic analysis of viruses in wild mammals using second-generation sequencing, showed the presence of previously unidentified viral species, genera, and possibly families.