"Sudden death syndrome", a plant disease discovered in 1971, has long been blamed on a fungus that thrives in damp conditions. Don M. Huber, a professor at Purdue University and researcher for Monstanto Co. assumes a different cause.
Huber claims in a letter to the US Agriculture Secretary that "This organism appears NEW to science! I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high-risk status." So far Huber has refused to provide any evidence.
In Huber´s letter, he calls the organism a "microscopic pathogen." and in a separate interview he says "It´s a life form."
Citing fears of professional backlash and loss of public funding he also refused to publicly name his fellow researchers.