Microbial Defense Against WNS in Bat Microbiota

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Microbial Defense Against WNS in Bat Microbiota: White-nose syndrome (WNS), caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, threatens bat populations throughout the U.S. Western bat populations provide an excellent opportunity to understand bats' external bacterial and fungal inhabitants and their potential to provide natural defenses against this newly emerging pathogen. Using next gen sequencing and microbial culturing techniques we propose to analyze bat microbiota across five or more bat species, and to isolate Actinobacteria for testing of anti-fungal activity against P. destructans. Actinobacteria are rich producers of antibiotics, including antifungals. In 2013-2015, we netted bats in Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument (PARA) at both cave and surface sites. Five target species of bats were swabbed, including species very likely and less likely susceptible to WNS. Next gen sequencing performed on DNA from swabs suggests that bats caught on the surface versus those caught in the PARA have different microbial communities. Some species of bats have many Actinobacteria present, and we have identified some isolates that show significant inhibition of P. destrucans in our other sites. To learn more about the microclimate in which the bats roost and to test whether the microclimate is appropriate for the growth of Pseudogymnoascus destructans, we will install temperature/relative humidity loggers to gather data in roosting areas of PARA and four backcountry PARAs that previously tested positive for the presence of close relatives of P. destructans. We will also photo-document this research to provide interpretive materials for PARAâ¿¿s staff to promote public education and outreach on WNS and its impact on bats. Much remains to be learned about PARA's bats, their microbiota, the microclimate of their roosting sites, and climate change impacts. This funding will allow us to expand our dataset to a statistically adequate level and to compare results from PARA bats to our other four sites.
Federal Grant Title: Microbial Defense Against WNS in Bat Microbiota
Federal Agency Name: National Park Service (DOI-NPS)
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: P17AS00114
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.945
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: March 17th, 2017
Original Application Deadline: March 17th, 2017
Posted Date: March 10th, 2017
Creation Date: March 10th, 2017
Archive Date: March 20th, 2017
Total Program Funding: $35,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $35,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: March 10th, 2017
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
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Grant Announcement Contact
Kelly Adams
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