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|Title: ||REVIEW OF THE CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE PERSPECTIVES ON PSEUDOGYMNOASCUS DESTRUCTANS STUDIES WITH REFERENCE TO SPECIES FINDINGS IN BULGARIA|
|Authors: ||Toshkova, Nia L.|
Zhelyazkova, Violeta L.
Puechmaille, Sébastien J.
Uzunov, Blagoy A.
Stoyneva-Gärtner, Maya P.
White Nose Disease
White Nose Syndrom
|Issue Date: ||15-Apr-2016|
|Series/Report no.: ||100;|
|Abstract: ||Emerging infectious diseases are a well-known threat to the wildlife and require complex research. There is a rapidly accumulating knowledge on the infectious disease of bats, named firstly White Nose Syndrome (WNS) and afterwards – White Nose Disease (WND), and its causative agent – the pathogenic fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. Although mass mortality of bats, known since a decade, is currently restricted to North America, the pathogen is of global concern as a potential threat to other hibernating bat populations. Therefore five years after the first comprehensive synthesis on the fungal ecology and relevant knowledge gaps (FOLEY ET AL. 2011), we decided to summarize the published information on the pathogen morphology, reproduction, ecological requirements, geographic distribution and systematic position. In addition, the present review compiles the available data on the affected bat species, mechanisms of WND, on the host response and on the effective treatment strategies with possible methods for fighting the pathogen to reduce the mortality in affected regions as well. Special attention is paid to the finding of the fungus in Bulgarian caves.|
|ISSN: ||2367-9190 (Online)|
|Appears in Collections:||ANNUAIRE DE L’UNIVERSITE DE SOFIA “ST. KLIMENT OHRIDSKI”, FACULTE DE BIOLOGIE, LIVRE 2 – BOTANIQUE|
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