Attached on the bottom of this post is a link to a study proposed by Sam Alger, Leif Richardson and Zachary Lamas.
Hives that have never been taken to Almonds are being tested for viral composition before and after. Then upon return those hives are being set in an isolated hives with stationary colonies to see if post migratory contact will change the viral loads or composition of stationary hives. This study will be used as primary data for continued research on the topic.
Feel free to share. Sam is a phenomenal research and PhD candidate at UVM. Leif is working on his post Doc and part of the Vermont pollinator protection. I'm Zachary Lamas the commercial beekeeper working as the field technician: moving hives and collecting samples. We are able to carry out this study because one of my migratory friends will take 4 pallets of my bees to almonds for us. I simply give up all of the pollination money and in return we get hives that to California and back. We are still crowd funding. If you're interested, the link is bellow. Feel free to pass on, and also feel free to friend any of us on Facebook. We are all actively updating the project and movement of the hives. We have a couple great endorsements too.