"Without bats, crop yields are affected. Pesticide applications go up. Even if our estimates were quartered, they clearly show how bats have enormous potential to influence the economics of agriculture and forestry."
According to the researchers, a single colony of 150 big brown bats in
eat nearly 1.3 million insects a year -- insects that could potentially be damaging to crops. Indiana
Unlike the bats, the devils appear to have no direct economic value, other than the Australian self-identification with independence and strength. Still, it’s heartening to know that, for whatever reasons, the people of