Bacterial treatment may cure white-nose syndrome in some bats

This is great news!

When Georgia State University microbiologist Chris Cornelison realized the bacterium Rhodococcus rhodochrous prevents fungal growth on bananas, he wondered if the bacterium could help bats with white-nose syndrome. Cornelison treated 150 bats suffering from white-nose syndrome with R. rhodochrous-infused air, and half of them recovered and were released, although long-term effects are unknown. Treatment without direct contact is more practical because millions of bats suffer from the disease in cavernous hibernacula. More research is planned, including a prophylactic approach. Mother Nature Network (5/20)

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