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guano

(gwä`nō), dried excrement of sea birds and bats found principally on the coastal islands of Peru, Africa, Chile, and the West Indies. It contains about 6% phosphorus, 9% nitrogen, 2% potassium, and moisture. Guano is found mixed with feathers and bones and is used as a fertilizer.

Guano

 

the decomposed (in dry climate) droppings of gulls and other sea fowl.

Guano is used as a valuable nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer; it contains about 9 percent nitrogen and 13 percent phosphoric acid, potassium, and calcium. Accumulations of guano are found on islands off the coasts of Chile, Peru, and South Africa as well as on the islands of the Caribbean. Guano is also the name given to the artificially prepared (mainly in Japan and Norway) mineral fertilizers from the waste products of the fishing and seal-hunting industries.

guano

[′gwän·ō]
(materials)
Phosphate- and nitrogen-rich, partially decomposed excrement of seabirds; used as a fertilizer.

guano

1. 
a. the dried excrement of fish-eating sea birds, deposited in rocky coastal regions of South America: contains the urates, oxalates, and phosphates of ammonium and calcium; used as a fertilizer
b. the accumulated droppings of bats and seals
2. any similar but artificial substance used as a fertilizer
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She denied known exposures to bird droppings, bat guano, bat guano-containing potting soil, or caves.
Typically, pitfalls were placed in and around bat guano piles to sample the teeming fauna therein, although a few were placed in riparian habitats with lesser quantities of guano.
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If bat guano damage would not be covered, neither would be the cost of protecting against it.
Bat guano is recognized worldwide as a superior fertilizer with fungicidal and nematocidal properties.
In fact, little work has been conducted to date on bat guano communities in buildings (Palmer & Gunier 1975); the only two studies reported are from New Hampshire (Bernath & Kunz 1981) and Indiana (Whitaker et al.
In fact, an opportunistic fungus grows on the bat guano, and its spores are the cause of the mysterious pneumonia.
With park guide Juan "Tito" Cruz, I visited one of the caves currently closed to public visits--the mysterious Cathedral--noted for its smiling Taino petroglyphs and mounds of aged bat guano.
And in many countries, bat guano is collected by the ton and used as fertilizer to help plants grow.
In late May, a small "tick like" louse emerges from its egg that incubates in bat guano.
This should be done with care (people with compromised immune systems need to be especially cautious), particularly if you live in the warmer parts of the country; bat guano has been known to harbor the spores that cause histoplasmosis, a fungal infection of the lungs.