$1.4 million in grants announced to fight bat disease

Houston Chronicle - A public-private partnership is granting nearly $1.4 million to test treatments to halt a disease threatening the nation's bat population.

The grants announced Tuesday in Houston include more than $320,000 to Texas Tech University and Bat Conservation International to assess whether specific microclimate conditions can be manipulated to minimize the disease. It attacks hibernating bats and is responsible for killing more than 6 million bats over the past decade.

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