Treat bat hibernacula environments to reduce the white-nose syndrome pathogen reservoir
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
The white-nose syndrome fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans can grow on a variety of substrates and can persist in hibernacula environments (such as caves and mines) for long periods without bats being present (e.g. Lorch et al. 2013). Bat hibernacula could be treated with environmental cleaning agents or bacterium treatments that inhibit fungal growth, to reduce the pathogen reservoir. However, these approaches have the potential to damage cave environments and other cave-dwelling species at some sites.
Lorch J.M., Muller L.K., Russell R.E., O'Connor M., Lindner D.L. & Blehert D.S. (2013) Distribution and environmental persistence of the causative agent of white-nose syndrome, Geomyces destructans, in bat hibernacula of the Eastern United States. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79, 1293–1301.