Economic importance of bats in agriculture

April 1, 2011

USGS 
    
 
 
 

White-nose syndrome (WNS) and the increased development of wind-power facilities are threatening populations of insectivorous bats in North America.

Bats are voracious predators of nocturnal insects, including many crop and forest pests. We present here analyses suggesting that loss of bats in North America could lead to agricultural losses estimated at more than $3.7 billion/year.

Urgent efforts are needed to educate the public and policy-makers about the ecological and economic importance of insectivorous bats and to provide practical conservation solutions.

Title: Economic importance of bats in agriculture
Author(s): Boyles, J.G., P.M. Cryan, G.F. McCracken, and T.H. Kunz
Year: 2011

Click here to be routed immediately to the product you requested.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *