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Dr. Bromenshenk’s team at the University of Montana and Montana State University in Bozeman, working with the Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center northeast of Baltimore, said in their jointly written paper that the virus-fungus one-two punch was found in every killed colony the group studied. Neither agent alone seems able to devastate; together, the research suggests, they are 100 percent fatal.
“It’s chicken and egg in a sense — we don’t know which came first,” Dr. Bromenshenk said of the virus-fungus combo — nor is it clear, he added, whether one malady weakens the bees enough to be finished off by the second, or whether they somehow compound the other’s destructive power.
For what reasons, I haven't a clue.
field tests as studies on possible methods of covert attack to examine aerosolization methods, the behavior of aerosols over large geographic areas, and the infectivity and rates of decay of aerosolized microbes subjected to solar irradiation and climatic conditions.
Most tests used simulants thought to be nonpathogenic, including Bacillus globigii, Serratia marcescens, and particulates of zinc cadmium sulfide.32,34 In conjunction with the US Department of Agriculture, several open-air tests were conducted using anticrop agents at sites selected for safety.34,16 Open-air releases of human pathogens (Coxiella burnetii, Francisella [Pasturella] tularensis)
we don't know for sure that the intention is hostile.