Pseudogymnoascus destructans, previously known as Geomyces destructans, is a fungal pathogen that causes the disease known as White nose syndrome (WNS)1. P. destructans is a psychrophilic (cold-growing) ascomycete with an optimal growth range of 12.5–15.8°C2. This fungus, whose preferable food source is a supply of fats, is often fatal to hibernating North American bats. Evidence of the fungus’ arrival in the United States was first documented in a photograph taken at Howes Cave, 52 km west of Albany, NY during the winter of 20063.
1Foley et al 2010, Verant et al 2012
2Verant et al 2012, Johnson et al 2013, Hoyt et al 2015, Gargas et al. 2009
3Gargas et al. 2009