The fungus behind white-nose syndrome, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, attacks a bat's nose, ears, and wings during its hibernation.At that time, the bat's temperature remains very low allowing the bacteria to thrive.

The researchers tested bacteria from the skin of four bat species to see to what degree they could suppress white-nose syndrome.Six of the bacteria extracted from the bats could inhibit significantly the growth of the fungus in petri dishes, while two were particularly successful at suppressing it for more than 35 days.

A spray prepared from the white-nose-fighting bacteria could be applied to bats as they hibernate."We are analysing data from tests on live bats now, and if the results are positive, the next step would be a small field trial," Hoyt concluded.The study appeared in the journal Plos One.

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