Bats in Germany are riddled with pesticides and toxic pollutants

2022-07-06

Bats across Germany are riddled with residues of pesticides and persistent organic pollutants, according to the largest study to sample such exposure in a European bat population.

Christoph Müller at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich and his colleagues collected 387 dead insect-eating bats from five species: serotine bats (Eptesicus serotinus), greater mouse-eared bats (Myotis myotis), common noctules (Nyctalus noctule), common pipistrelles (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) and brown long-eared bats (Plecotus auratus). They tested their livers for 209 different compounds.

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New Scientist, 6-07-22
; https://www.newscientist.com/article/2327533-bats-in-germany-are-riddled-with-pesticides-and-toxic-pollutants