A New Suspect in the Investigation of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)
Researchers Discover Unusual Virus
A team from the University of Montana has identified a new insect iridescent virus (IIV) in CCD colonies with the help of a technique developed by the military called proteomics. This discovery is unique in that this is a DNA virus unlike other bee viruses that are RNA based. This research team claims to have found a "significant statistical link between CCD, the iridescent virus and a fungal parasite of the genus Nosema."
Currently, this discovery is listed a a "new suspect in the investigation of colony collapse disorder." Media reports claiming that CCD has been solved may be a bit premature. Although the research team is very excited about this new discovery, they cautiously acknowledge that, "We don't know if (1) these two pathogens cause CCD or (2) whether CCD colonies are more likely to succumb to these two pathogens."More information on this study should be available soon. A short list of talking points and the full paper are available at the following links:
posted October 2010