Bat deaths tied to fungal disease, wind farms will impact agriculture

04/7/2011 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Bat fatalities tied to white-nose syndrome and wind farms could result in significant economic losses for the nation's agriculture industry. An analysis co-authored by Boston University bat expert Thomas Kunz says that the massive number of insects bats eat translate into significant savings in terms of pest control, saving the U.S. agriculture sector anywhere from $3 billion to $57 billion, annually. Researchers says growers may start noticing the impact of fewer bats within the next five years as more insects eat away at crops.

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