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Geomyces and Pseudogymnoascus: Emergence of a primary pathogen, the causative agent of bat white-nose syndrome: Chapter 28

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Abstract

Geomyces and Pseudogymnoascus (Fungi, Ascomycota, Leotiomycetes, aff. Thelebolales) are closely related groups of globally occurring soil-associated fungi. Recently, these genera of fungi have received attention because a newly identified species, Pseudogymnoascus (initially classified as Geomyces) destructans, was discovered in association with significant and unusual mortality of hibernating bats in North America (Blehert et al. 2009; Gargas et al. 2009; Minnis and Linder 2013). This emergent disease called bat white-nose syndrome (WNS), has since caused drastic declines in populations of hibernating bats in the United States and Canada (Turner, Reeder, and Coleman 2011; Thogmartin et al. 2012) and threatens some species with regional extinction (Frick et al. 2010; Langwig et al. 2012; Thogmartin et al. 2013). As primary predators of insects and keystone species for cave ecosystems, the loss of bats due to WNS has important economic and ecological implications.

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Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Geomyces and Pseudogymnoascus: Emergence of a primary pathogen, the causative agent of bat white-nose syndrome: Chapter 28
ISBN:
978-1-4987-0665-0
Edition:
4
Year Published:
2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
CRC Press
Publisher location:
Boca Raton, FL
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
11 p.
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Monograph
Larger Work Title:
The fungal community: Its organization and role in the ecosystem
First page:
405
Last page:
415