Congress has approved $4 million in funding to study white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that is rapidly decimating North American bat populations, putting agriculture at risk because bats keep crop-killing insects in check. "The high number of bat deaths and range of species being affected far exceeds the rate and magnitude of any previously known natural or human-caused mortality event in bats, and possibly in any other mammals," said U.S. Geological Survey research scientist Paul Cryan.

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