Laboratory and Field Testing of Treatments for White Nose Syndrome: Immediate Funding Need for the Northeast

Geomyces destructans

Hibernating bats in the NE USA have experienced sudden and dramatic declines over the past three winters due to an emerging infectious disease dubbed “White Nose Syndrome” (WNS). As of January, 2012, new estimates of the number of bats that have died thus far range from 5.7 to 7.7 million, and the causative agent is now known to be the cold-loving fungus Geomyces destructans (Gd). This proposal aims to address these declines by developing and implementing methodologies to combat WNS, which was specifically referenced in the call for proposals. Specific goals include: (1) testing potential treatments for efficacy against cultured Gd (the fungal pathogen associated with WNS) under laboratory conditions, (2) testing potential treatments for safety in healthy bats, and (3) testing potential treatments for efficacy against Gd in hibernating bats.

UPDATE (June 2015)

This project is closed, the final report is below.

Progress Reports

Project Leader

Name: DeeAnn Reeder

Title: Assistant Professor of Biology

Organization: Bucknell University


Address: 701 Moore Avenue, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Phone: 570-577-1208

Fax: 570-577-3537