Bats Worth Billions to Agriculture But Dying Fast (Discover)

Bats are an economic boon worth approximately $23 billion per year, and possibly up to $54 billion, to U.S. agriculture, a study in today’s issue of Science estimates. Their voracious appetite for insects—a colony of 150 brown bats eats about 1.3 million pesky, crop-chomping bugs each year—means that bats function as effective, and free, natural pesticides.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2011/04/01/bats-worth-billions-to-agriculture-but-theyre-dying-fast/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+80beats+%2880beats%29

 

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