Learning about how exactly scientific advances are made can be very interesting. While people might have images of people squirreled away in offices feverishly conducting experiments and reading articles, social networks play a large role in solving problems. Buried in this story about the discovery of the fungus and virus combination that is killing honeybees is how the two teams that solved the problem came together:
But it took a family connection — through David Wick, Charles’s brother — to really connect the dots. When colony collapse became news a few years ago, Mr. Wick, a tech entrepreneur who moved to Montana in the 1990s for the outdoor lifestyle, saw a television interview with Dr. Bromenshenk about bees.
Mr. Wick knew of his brother’s work in Maryland, and remembered meeting Dr. Bromenshenk at a business conference. A retained business card and a telephone call put the Army and the Bee Alert team buzzing around the same blossom.
The first steps were awkward…The process eventually was refined.
By working through this family connection, two teams that each had their own expertise were able to pool their knowledge and resources and come to a solution.