03 Nov Joe Hoyt’s paper on Pd/WNS in China released online in EID!
Congratulations to grad student Joe Hoyt on his paper released online today in the CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal. Joe found Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes WNS, in northeastern China. Joe won a prestigious NSF EAPSI fellowship to travel to China last summer (2014) and returned again last winter to investigate Pd/WNS in China. He not only found evidence of widespread Pd on cave substrates, but also documented bats with characteristic WNS wing lesions on bats in China. Joe will be returning to China this winter to learn more about the dynamics of WNS in China. So far, no evidence that the fungus is causing mass mortality like we see in North America, but Joe’s work will hopefully lead to new and important insights about the disease dynamics and interactions between this fungal pathogen and hibernating bats. Great work Joe!