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North American bats have experienced catastrophic population declines from white-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease caused by Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd). Although Pd can infect many hibernating bat species, population-level impacts of WNS vary by host species. Microbial skin assemblages, including the fungal component (mycobiome), can influence host resistance to infectious diseases; however, little is known about the influence the skin mycobiome of bats may have on susceptibility to WNS. We sampled ten bat species in the eastern United States that are known to be either susceptible, tolerant, or resistant to WNS by swabbing their wing skin. We then cultured fungi from the swabs, isolated morphologically...
White-nose syndrome (WNS), a fungal disease that has caused catastrophic population declines of bats in eastern North America, is rapidly spreading across the continent and now threatens previously unexposed bat species in western North America. The causal agent of WNS, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, can infect many species of hibernating bats, but susceptibility to WNS varies by host species. Predicting which western bat species will be most susceptible to WNS would be of great value for establishing conservation priorities. We previously reported that certain traits of the skin microbiome of bat species in eastern North America were strongly associated with tolerance to WNS. Using these traits, we developed a model...


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