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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Awards $1.4 Million in Grants for WNS

Postby cavergirl » Mar 7, 2014 10:17 am

http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/news/u ... -2-million

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Awards $1.4 Million in Grants for Work on
WNS: $2 Million Available in Second Round

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today grant awards totaling $
1.4 million for nine projects (see below) addressing federal research and
response to white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease that affects hibernating
bats.

The federal grants are the first round of WNS research funding planned for
this year. A second-round request for proposals is currently open to all
applicants for up to an additional $2 million. Information about the second
round of funding is on http://www.grants.gov.

Funded projects include studies to: advance disease detection and
surveillance; explore microbial, chemical and environmental methods for
managing the fungus that causes the disease, *Pseudogymnoascus destructans*;
improve our understanding of affected bat populations; test plans for a
novel bat monitoring program; and develop outreach tools that support bat
management and conservation.

Funding for the grants was through the Service's Endangered Species
Recovery and Science Application programs. A Service WNS review panel
evaluated the proposals and chose to fund projects that best met priorities
established by interagency WNS working groups.

Additional information about WNS, the international disease investigation
and research is on the national WNS website at http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/.

*2014 White-Nose Syndrome Grant Recipients, Round 1*

*Implementation and Summer Pilot of the North American Bat Monitoring
Program (NABat)*
Laura Ellison*, *U.S. Geological Survey - Fort Collins (Colorado) Science
Center; Susan Loeb; Kevin Castle and Rita Dixon (Idaho)

*Expanded Surveillance for the Detection of Pseudogymnoascus destructans
Distribution and Spread of WNS in the Continental United States*
Anne Ballmann, U.S. Geological Survey - National Wildlife Health Center
(Madison, Wisconsin); David Blehert and Robin Russell

*Management of Bat White-Nose Syndrome through Protective Skin Fungi and
Activation of Host Immune Response*
David S. Blehert, U.S. Geological Survey - National Wildlife Health Center
(Madison, Wisconsin) and Jeff Lorch

*Management of Bat White-Nose Syndrome by Suppression of Pathogenic
Environmental Reservoirs*
David S. Blehert, U.S. Geological Survey - National Wildlife Health Center
(Madison, Wisconsin) and Jeff Lorch

*Oral Vaccines and Delivery Methods for Controlling Disease in Bats*
Tonie E. Rocke, U.S. Geological Survey - National Wildlife Health Center
(Madison, Wisconsin); David Blehert; Jorge Osorio and Bruce Klein

*Survival and Recruitment in Affected Areas, Including Environmental or
Behavioral Factors*
Susan Loeb, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station (Clemson, South
Carolina); Roger Perry and Sybill Amelon

*Using Genomics and Transcriptomics to Understand and Combat WNS:
Determining and targeting virulence factors in Pseudogymnoascus destructans*
Daniel L. Lindner, US Forest Service, Center for Forest Mycology Research
(CFMR) Northern Research Station (Madison, Wisconsin)

*Testing Cleaning and Disinfection Products for Efficacy against
Pseudogymnoascus destructans *
Kevin Castle, National Park Service WASO-Biological Resource Management
Division (Fort Collins, Colorado) and Jessie Glaeser

*Development of Educational Tools to Inform and Engage the Public in Bat
Conservation and White-Nose Syndrome Efforts (Project Edubat)*
Cynthia Sandeno, U.S. Forest Service Eastern Region (West Virginia), Carol
Zokaites and Gail Moede Rogall

Contact:
Jeremy Coleman, 413-253-8223
Catherine Hibbard, 413-253-8569
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Re: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Awards $1.4 Million in Grants for

Postby bigredfoote » Mar 9, 2014 6:46 pm

And just a reminder....

Due March 31, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is pleased to announce the availability of new research funding to investigate issues related directly to the management of white-nose syndrome (WNS). This opportunity is open to non-governmental, university, and private researchers, as well as State, Federal, and Tribal agency personnel.

http://www.whitenosesyndrome.org/news/u ... e-research
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