The Western Asia Bat Research Network

(WAB-Net, pronounced "wah-bee net")

WAB-NET represents the first coordinated research effort to understand the distribution and diversity of bats and their associated viruses in Western Asia.

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Inaugural WAB-Net workshop was held in Tbilisi, Georgia from 17-20 September 2018, and included 39 participants (with 21 participants representing 10 countries in Western Asia)

US and Turkey-based scientists sampling and releasing bats at a coastal cave in Cilingoz Nature Park

This research is funded by the Department of the Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The content of the information does not necessarily reflect the position or the policy of the federal government, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

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Miniopterus schriebersii
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Rhinolophus ferrumequinum
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WAB-Net member and graduate student, Ay┼če Mergenci, receiving hands-on-training in proper handling and non-lethal sampling techniques for bats (Rhinolophus sp)
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