A relatively new fungus has killed over 6 million North American bats with a mortality rate that reaches 100%. Bats play an integral part of human existence too as they contribute greatly to a variety of food chains. They help fertilize crops, eat nectar and they eat many insects that would otherwise destroy many agricultural fields and therefore the livelihoods of many farmers. Some scientists are suggesting utilizing synthetic biology as a possible solution instead of introducing a new pesticide to kill the fungus as that pesticide will likely have other negative and unforeseen consequences.
It is possible, however, that synthetic biology could be used to intervene in some way, either by directly attacking the non-native fungus or by interfering with its attack on bats, thereby benefiting both biodiversity and food production.
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