Scientists at the
The invading bee virus is called varroa destructor virus-1 (VDV-1). First definitively identified in
The virus was discovered using a technology developed for battlefield detection of viruses. This technology, called Integrated Virus Detection System/Proteomic Mass Spectrometry, reveals viruses by size and peptide information contained in a sample and compares that information against known genetic sequences. This approach may provide important clues to scientists around the world in their work to find the cause of colony collapse disorder - a mysterious malady that has caused rapid depopulation of beehives around the globe.