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  • Cynthia Myers
    Sharing a link to a great article - Cindy Myers Fallbrook CA www.BatWorld.org home.earthlink.net/~cmsquare ... From: worldbatline@yahoogroups.com
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      Sharing a link to a great article -

      Cindy Myers
      Fallbrook CA
      www.BatWorld.org
      home.earthlink.net/~cmsquare


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      From: worldbatline@yahoogroups.com [mailto:worldbatline@yahoogroups.com]
      On Sent: Friday, April 04, 2008 11:50 AM
      To: worldbatline@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: WBL: Why more bats mean cheaper coffee

      Bats eat tropical insects, protecting coffee plantations

      WASHINGTON - Bats play a bigger role than birds do in controlling
      tropical insects, and the loss of bats might mean that morning cup of
      coffee gets more expensive, researchers said on Thursday.
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      "Bats are impacting ecological systems in all kinds of ways, and I just
      want them to get the credit they deserve," said Kimberly
      Williams-Guillen, a tropical ecologist at the University of Michigan who
      led one of the studies.

      Williams-Guillen and colleagues studied bats at Finca Irlanda, a
      740-acre (300-hectare) organic coffee plantation in Chiapas, Mexico.

      In previous studies of insect damage, scientists have simply covered
      plants to keep off birds and then counted the bugs and measured what
      they ate. They forgot to account for what the bats did at night.

      For the rest of the story:

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23955539/



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