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A selection of news related to EUROBATS and other bat conservation activities.
News items of previous years can be accessed in the Archive.

Kate Barlow Award 2022 is open for applications

The applications to the Kate Barlow Award 2022 are now open – the closing date is 5pm GMT, 30th November 2021. Please could you forward this information to anyone who may be interested in applying.

The Kate Barlow Award aims to encourage the next generation of bat researchers by providing a substantive contribution towards the research costs of a postgraduate student undertaking research that will benefit bat conservation, in honour of the late Dr Kate Barlow’s contribution to this field.

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25th International Bat Night - Press release BMU - Schulze: „Fledermäuse brauchen unseren besonderen Schutz“

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) issued a press release (in German) dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the International Bat Night. 

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Setting the Terms for Zoonotic Diseases: Effective Communication for Research, Conservation, and Public Policy (including bats)

A new important article regarding miscommunication in research of zoonotic diseases and its consequences for species conservation. See the PDF file attached. 

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Survey on pathogen pollution in underground ecosystems

A survey is conducted by an expert group.  Its aim is to quantify the risk humans pose to underground ecosystems (including bats) by unknowingly transporting microbes from one place to another. The survey is anonymous and should take you no more than five minutes. We use “caving” to refer to any activities in natural caves of various origins, as well as mines and other artificial underground sites. Questionnaires are available in English, French, Spanish, Slovenian, Russian and Chinese.

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Nation-wide Noctule census in Germany

The German umbrella association for bat research and conservation called: Bundesverband für Fledermauskunde Deutschland  e.V. has recently asked for participation in the German noctule census. 

Machen Sie mit!

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New issues of Plecotus and Hypsugo journals

New issues of two bat periodical are available online.

 Plecotus et al. №23, 2020: see content at  https://zmmu.msu.ru/bats/plecotus/plecot23.

Hypsugo №5(2), 2020: content is online at http://centarzakrs.ba/sismisi/2021/04/15/1894/

 

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Misconceptions and misinformation about bats and viruses: expert response

A critical response of leading bat experts  to the paper "Bats in ecosystems and their wide spectrum of viral infectious potential threats: SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging viruses" published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. It is shown in the letter to the editor that the paper of Bonilla-Aldana et al. contained multiple critical errors and misrepresentations related to bat taxonomy, ecology, and physiology, and the linkages between bats and specific viruses.

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Bats as indicators: a special issue of Mammalian Biology

A special issue of the Mammalian Biology Journal devoted to bats as bioindicators has been published recently with active participation of many EUROBATS Advisory Committee's members.

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