The name of Fusarium comes from Latin fusus, meaning a spindle.
I've been saying it for years- Morgellons wraps! Spindle may be a more apt word choice.
Following an outbreak of Fusarium oxysporum that affected coca plantations in Peru, and other crops planted in the area, the United States has proposed the use of the agent as a mycoherbicide in drug eradication. In 2000, a proposal was passed to use the agent as part of Plan Colombia. In response to concerns use of the fungus could be perceived as biological warfare, the Clinton Administration "waived" this use of Fusarium. A subsequent law passed in 2006 has mandated the testing of mycoherbicide agents - eitherFusarium oxysporum or Crivellia papaveracea - in field trials in U.S. territory. Use of Fusarium oxysporum for these tests has raised concerns because resistant coca from the previous outbreak has been widely cultivated, and the fungus has been implicated in the birth of 31 anencephalic children in the Rio Grande region of Texas in 1991, the loss of palm trees in Los Angeles, and eye infections from contact lens solutions.
Wow, that hits close to home -- and I'm not just referring to those terrible eye infections I used to get from sleeping with my extended-wear contacts. It's funny that the two states mentioned here were Cali and Tx.
The Pythium suggestion is interesting too. Scabdraggr would have good input on this, with his background.
But yeah, something along these lines. Until somebody shows me how borrelia bacteria is capable of manifesting into the bizarre macro skin artifacts that we see, I suggest that Morgellons is the fungal-like opportunistic infection that comes after the lyme. Perhaps we will learn that lyme disease isn't required of Morgellons hosts -- maybe parasites, drug use, or pesticide and solvent exposure is sufficient to provide a viable host environment.
Florida was involved with Plan Columbia as well:
Sands received nationwide attention for Ag/Bio Con in spring and summer of last year, when he -- along with Colonel Jim McDonough, a former top aide to US drug czar General McCaffrey who had taken a new job as Florida's top drug official -- tried a similar sales job to use another strain of Fusarium to control Florida's burgeoning marijuana industry. David Struhs, the head of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, reacted with a strongly cautionary letter saying: "Fusarium species are capable of evolving rapidly ... Mutagenicity is by far the most disturbing factor in attempting to use a Fusarium species as a bioherbicide. It is difficult, if not impossible, to control the spread of Fusarium species. The mutated fungi can cause disease in a large number of crops, including tomatoes, peppers, flowers, corn and vines, and are normally considered a threat to farmers as a pest, rather than as a pesticide. Fusarium species are more active in warm soils and can stay resident in the soil for years. Their longevity and enhanced activity under Florida conditions are of concern, as this could lead to an increased risk ofmutagenicity."
Having been rebuffed by the state of Florida -- failing even to convince the state authorities to initiate a simple experiment in a quarantined test site -- Sands apparently set his sights on Colombia. http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2000/05/drug-control-or-biowarfare
In 1999, Florida's secretary of environmental protection rejected a proposal to use Fusarium oxysporum to attack the state's marijuana crop due to fears that the mycoherbicide could mutate and destroy legitimate crops like tomatoes, peppers, and flowers.
"Ask any U.S. farmer what he thinks about using mycoherbicides and spreading them around, and his eyes will bulge out of his head," said Sanho Tree, a drug policy expert at Institute for Policy Studies in Washington.
Searching for a test site, the U.S. Congress in 2000 conditioned the delivery of a $1.3 billion package of mostly antidrug aid for Colombia to the Bogota government's commitment to test mycoherbicides on coca and opium crops.
So no preliminary testing of these mycoherbicides ever occurred in FL? Yes, it may be grasping at straws, but these locations and time frames make me suspicous.