Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture

  title={Economic Importance of Bats in Agriculture},
  author={J. Boyles and P. Cryan and G. McCracken and T. Kunz},
  pages={41 - 42}
Insectivorous bat populations, adversely impacted by white-nose syndrome and wind turbines, may be worth billions of dollars to North American agriculture. White-nose syndrome (WNS) and the increased development of wind-power facilities are threatening populations of insectivorous bats in North America. Bats are voracious predators of nocturnal insects, including many crop and forest pests. We present here analyses suggesting that loss of bats in North America could lead to agricultural losses… Expand

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