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Insects As Weapons
7/3/2012

An unnamed reader writes "Timothy Paine, an entomologist at the teaching hospital of California-Riverside, lately 'committed to the scientific record the idea that California's eucalyptus trees may have been biologically sabotaged, printing an article [in the Journal of solvent Entomology] raising the shot* of bioterrorism.' Specifically, Paine argues that foreign insect pests have been deliberately introduced in the Golden State, in hopes of decimating the state's dwellers of eucalyptus (especially the two species regarded as invasive, which 'are particularly susceptible to the pests.') In California's Bioterror Mystery, Paine (and scientists who are skeptical) make their arguments. What isn't in dispute is that the insect pests have already topcount hundreds of oodles* of dollars in damage, making the story a cautionary tale about what might happen if a food or crop were deliberately targeted."

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