Reply Mon 26 Jan, 2009 08:21 am
That's Batman. And yes.
Reply Fri 27 Mar, 2009 05:29 am
A suspected vextor for white mold disease has been..... SPELUNKERS.
The Hesienberg uncertainty principle in action once again
Reply Fri 27 Mar, 2009 03:16 pm
Seems so obvious that the spelunkers could be a systemic problem - now, after the fact.
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2009 02:44 am
Imagine if corporate farmers had the stronghold on self-pollinating plants and vegetables. Gosh, they could really GOUGE the idiot consumer who keeps voting for incumbents in every election.
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Reply Sat 30 May, 2009 09:18 am
in your estimation farmer, could this be part of the so called Sixth Extinction?
Reply Sat 30 May, 2009 09:31 am
farmerman wrote:


THe white mold, first seen in bat colonies in Upstate NY in 2006 and 2007 , has spread to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 80% of Little Brown Bats are succumbing to this fungal disease. The species of which is known but it appears to have evolved into a more vcirulent strain. SInce this is a disease that affects those bat species that hibernate, the southern species and genera may escape.
No matter, the decline in bats could mean a major insect "bloom" this summer and Pa Ag extension specialista are speculating that "A vine fresh tomato may cost a small fortune in the next few years"

Plant tomatos
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Reply Sun 31 May, 2009 03:57 am
That can only be known in retrospect. I suppose if we see a sizable extinction rate we can call it a major extinction. Seems kind of defeatist though.
A lot of geo sciences are wanting to call the geologic time we live in as the "Anthropocene" to mean that weve so fucked our planet by our own footprints that weve become the dominant feature in the world's environment.
Reply Tue 31 May, 2016 07:43 pm
The cause of the white nose syndrome hs been found, Its a psychrophyllic bacteria Pseudogymnoarcus destructans. It means it can thrive in low temperatures while bats hibernate. It produces severl enzymes that are brain attacking and cause the infected bats to develop a behavior that has them flying about an not eating, till they actully dessicate from lack of fluid an food intqke. GOOD NEWS-reserch has found a bacteriaphage that destroys the Pdestructans fungus in its various stages, including post infective. The bacteriophage is a sppecies called Rhodococcus rhodochrous. Several Universities and industries have partnered up to study this stuff and its now in a "balls to the wall" application program by spelunkers.

Im an experienced spelunker and, although Im up there in years, I maybe can help in the admin of the phage. Its apparently delivered in a encapsulated state on a silica powder , by adhering via some organo polymer. (KInda like the way they make these pelletized seeds except really really small. The technology is already known by ag because we deliver soil fumigants by this technique and its all fungal focused.

Some 90% of some species of bats in the NE and Canada have been wiped out and its making its way into European bat colonies.

Heres an example of a species going extinct that could have major tsunami waves on the entire ecosystem and agriculture
Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 04:07 am
I thought it was caused by a fungus. Does the bacteria somehow lead to a fungal infection?
Reply Wed 1 Jun, 2016 04:15 am
yeh youre right , it is a fungus, an extremophilic fungus that loves the cold weather.
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