Bats may give us some of us the creeps, but their usefulness in the field of agriculture is undeniable. Bats can save farmers billions by merely eating their fill of crop insects. But the dangerous fungus known as ‘white nose syndrome’ continues to infect caves and kill bats, with some estimates saying that nearly 95% of the population is in danger.

"(Bats) are definitely an invaluable part of the ecosystem and to us...even though we may not think about it." -Heather Fenton, Wildlife Pathologist for the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study

We talk to Georgia State University microbiologist Chris Cornelison  and wildlife pathologist Heather Fenton about the severity of the fungus and what’s being done to combat it.