bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Cavalry coming over the CCD hill?

The Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, “the US Army's principal research and development center for chemical and biological defense technology, engineering and services” and the University of California claim to have found both a virus and a parasite that are “likely behind” CCD:
Using a new technology called the Integrated Virus Detection System (IVDS), which was designed for military use to rapidly screen samples for pathogens, ECBC scientists last week isolated the presence of viral and parasitic pathogens that may be contributing to the honeybee loss. Confirmation testing was conducted over the weekend by scientists at the University of California San Francisco. ECBC scientists presented the results of their studies yesterday to a United States Department of Agriculture working group, hastily convened to determine next steps.
But no mention yet of the virus or parasite.



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