Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Institutionen för biomedicin och veterinär folkhälsovetenskap

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Johan Höglund


Professor in Parasitology. Fifteen years experience working within research and project management experience as leader and team member of nearly 30 research projects both at SLU and National Veterinary Institute (SVA), often in close collaboration with the Swedish Animal Health Service (SvDHV). General research interests in the field of veterinary parasitology with specific expertise in the diagnosis, population genetics, parasite ecology/epidemiology and integrated control of major parasites in livestock. Research projects include ascaridiosis, echinococcosis, dictyocaulosis, ostertagiosis, haemonchosis, fasciolosis, anthelmintic resistance and the development of alternative helminth control strategies.


Current projects


GLOWWORM. Management and control of increased livestock helminths parasite infection risks due to global change. EU 7th framework programme.


EMIRO. The role of rodents in the transmission of the fox tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis). EMIDA ERA-Net.


CARES. Coping with anthelmintic resistance in ruminants. EMIDA ERA-Net


Benzimidazole resistance in Parasacaris equorum. Stiftelsen hästforskning (HNS),


Pathways for the poultry roundworm Ascaridia galli on organic laying hen farms SLU-Ekoforsk




VMD Adam Novobilsky’. Diagnosis and epeidemiology of fasciolosis in ruminants.


MSc Eva Tydén. Antehelmintic resisatance in equine roundworms.


VMD Kasia  Goździk. Serodiagnosis of bovine lungworm infection.


PhD students


VMD Andrea Miller. The significance of rodent communities in the spread of Echinococcus multilocularis


MSc Kristina Lindgren. Epidemiological studies on the transmission and survival of Ascaris/Parascaris eggs in organic pig farms/stud farms in relation to housing and management system


VMD Marlene Areskog. Ivermectin resistance of gastrointestinal helminths in Swedish cattle


MSc Eva U Molin. In vitro characterization of gluthathone transfereases from Sarcoptes scabiei


MSc Seng Sokerya. The effect of cassava foliage on gastrointestinal parasite of small ruminants in Cambodia


MSc Anna Larsson. Evaluation of non-chemotherapeutic approaches to the control of nematode parasites in cattle


MSc Karin Troell. Characterization of the nematode parasite Haemonchus contortus in Sweden


VMD Eva Osterman-Lind. Nematode parasites of the horse – diagnosis, epidemiology and control


VMD Chandrawathami Panchadcharam.  Problems in the control of nematode parasites of small ruminants in Malaysia: Resistance to anthelmintics and the biological control alternative


VMD John Githiori, PhD-thesis, Anthelmintic properties of ethnoveterinary preparations used by small-holder and pastoralists in Kenya to treat internal parasites in livestock


VMD Sten-Olof Dimander. Control and epidemiology of gastrointestinal nematode infections in cattle


VMD Billy Divina. Bovine lungworm infections in Sweden: do wild cervids serve as reservoirs


Dr Helena Nordenfors. Epidemiology and control of the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae


Selected Publications (last 5 years)

Over 100 scientific papers in refereed journals with peer review. In addition responsible for numerous reports and other scientific contributions including popular science and research notes in conference proceedings. Author of numerous information leaflets on parasites.


1.      Tydén, E., Morrison, D.A., Engström, A., Nielsen, M.K., Eydal, M., Höglund, J. (2013). Population genetics of Parascaris equorum based on DNA fingerprinting. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 13, 236–241.

2.      Gasser, R.G., Jabbar, A., Mohandas, N., Höglund, J., Hall, R.S., Littlewood, D.J.T., Jex, A.R. (2013). Assessment of the genetic relationship between Dictyocaulus species from Bos taurus and Cervus elaphus using complete mitochondrial genomic datasets. Parasite and Vectors, 5, 241-252.

3.      Areskog, M., von Samson-Himmelstjerna, G., Alvinerie, M., Sutra, J.F., Höglund, J. (2012). Dexamethasone treatment interferes with the pharmacokinetics of ivermectin in young cattle. Veterinary Parasitology, 190, 482– 488.

4.      Novobilsky´, A., Averpil, H., Höglund, J. (2012). The field evaluation of albendazole and triclabendazole efficacy against Fasciola hepatica by coproantigen ELISA in naturally infected sheep. Veterinary Parasitology, 190, 272– 276.

5.      Novobilsky´, A., Kašny´, M., Pankrác, J., Rondelaud, D., Engström, A., Höglund, J. (2012). Lymnaea fuscus (Pfeiffer, 1821) as a potential intermediate host of Fascioloides magna in Europe. Experimental Parasitology 132, 282–286.

6.      Blanco-Penedo, I., Höglund, J., Fall, N., Emanuelson, U. (2012). Exposure to pasture borne nematodes affects individual milk yield in Swedish dairy herds. Veterinary Parasitology, 188, 93-98.

7.      Höglund, J., Morrison, D. A., Engström, A., Nejsum, P., Jansson, D. S. (2012) Population genetic structure of Ascaridia galli re-emerging in non-caged laying hens. Parasite and Vectors, 5, 97-99.

8.      Domke, A., Chartier, C., Gjerde, B., Höglund, J., Leine, N., Vatn, S., Stuen, S. (2012). Prevalence of anthelmintic resistance in gastrointestinal nematodes of sheep and goats in Norway. Parasitology Research, 1-9.

9.      Goździk, K., Engström, A., Höglund, J. (2012). Optimization of in-house ELISA based on recombinant major sperm protein (rMSP) of Dictyocaulus viviparus for the detection of lungworm infection in cattle. Research in Veterinary Science, 93, 813-818.

10.  Höglund J. (2011). The potential of diagnostic markers in the sustainable control of cattle parasites. Veterinary Record, 12, 1-2.

11.  Höglund J, Jansson, D. S. (2011). Infection dynamics of Ascaridia galli in non-caged laying hens. Veterinary Parasitology, 180, 267-273.

12.  Charlier J., Dorny, P., Levecke, B., Demeler, J., von Samson-Himmelstjerna G., Höglund, J, Vercruysse, J. (2011). Serum pepsinogen levels to monitor gastrointestinal nematode infections in cattle revisited. Research in Veterinary Science 90, 451–456.

13.  Larsson A., Uggla A., Waller P.J, Höglund J. (2011). Performance of second-season grazing cattle following different levels of parasite control in their first grazing season. Veterinary Parasitology, 175, 135-140.

14.  Jansson, D. S., Vågsholm, I., Nyman, A., Christensson, D., Göransson, M., Fossum, O, Höglund, J. (2010). Ascarid infections in laying hens kept in different housing systems. Avian Pathology, 39, 525-532.

15.  Höglund J. (2010). Parasite surveillance and novel use of anthelmintics in cattle. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 52, 2-5.

16.  Demeler, J. Küttler, U. El-Abdellati, A. Stafford, K. Rydzik, A. Varady, M. Kenyon, F. Coles, G. Höglund, J. Jackson, F. Vercruysse, J, von Samson-Himmelstjerna G. (2010). Standardization of the Larval Migration Inhibition Test for the detection of resistance to ivermectin in gastrointestinal nematodes of ruminants, Veterinary Parasitology, 174, 58-64.

17.  Seng, S., Panchadcharam, C., Suy M, Höglund, J. (2010). Effects of ensiled cassava (Manihot esculenta) foliage compared to a soybean meal supplement on gastrointestinal nematode infections in goats. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 22, 115-120.

18.  Bennema, S. C., Vercruysse, J., Morgan, E., Stafford, K., Höglund, J., Demeler, J., von Samson-Himmelstjerna, G, Charlier, J. (2010). Epidemiology and risk factors for exposure to gastrointestinal nematodes in dairy herds in northwestern Europé. Veterinary Parasitology, 173, 247-254.

19.  Charlier, J., Demeler J., Höglund J., von Samson-Himmelstjerna G., Dorny P, Vercruysse J. (2010). Ostertagia ostertagi in first season grazing cattle in Belgium, Germany and Sweden: General levels of infection and related management practices. Veterinary Parasitology, 171, 91-98.

20.  Höglund, J. Dahlström, F., Engström, A., Hessle, A., Jakubek, E.B., Schnieder, T., Strube, C., Sollenberg, S. (2010). Antibodies to major pasture borne helminth infections in bulk-tank milk samples from organic an nearby conventional dairy herds in south-central Sweden. Veterinary Parasitology, 171, 293-299.

21.  Charlier, J. Demeler J., Höglund J., von Samson-Himmelstjerna G., Dorny, P, Vercruysse, J. (2010). Ostertagia ostertagi in first season grazing cattle in Belgium, Germany and Sweden: General levels of infection and related management practices. Veterinary Parasitology, 171, 91-98.

22.  Charlier, J., Höglund, J., von Samson-Himmelstjerna G., Dorny, P, Vercruysse, J. (2009). Gastrointestinal nematode infections in adult dairy cattle: Impact on production, diagnosis and control. Veterinary Parasitology, 164, 70-79.

23.  Charlier, J., Troeng, J., Höglund, J., Demeler, J., Stafford, K., Coles, G., von Samson-Himmelstjerna G., Merza, M, Vercruysse, J. (2009). Assessment of the within- and between-laboratory repeatability of a commercially available Ostertagia ostertagi milk ELISA. Veterinary Parasitology, 164, 66-69.

24.  Höglund, J., Morrison, D. A., Charlier, J., Dimander, S. O, Larsson, A. (2009). Assessing the feasibility of targeted selective treatments for gastrointestinal nematodes in first-season grazing cattle based on mid-season daily weight gains. Veterinary Parasitology, 164, 80-86.

25.  von Samson-Himmelstjerna, G., Coles, G., Jackson, F., Bauer, C., Borgsteede, F. M., Cirak, V. Y., Demeler, J., Donnan, A., Dorny, P., Epe, C., Harder, A., Höglund, J., Kaminsky, R., Kerboeuf, D., Küttler, U., Papadopoulos, E., Posedi, J., Small, J., Várady, M., Vercruysse, J., Wirtherle, N. (2009). Standardization of the Egg Hatch Test for the detection of benzimidazole resistance in parasitic nematodes. Parasitology Research, 105, 825-834.

26.  Höglund, J., Gustafsson, K., Ljungström, B. L., Engström, A., Donnan, A, Skuce, P. (2009). Anthelmintic resistance in Swedish sheep flocks based on a comparison of the results from the faecal egg count reduction test and resistant allele frequencies of the beta-tubulin gene. Veterinary Parasitology, 161, 60-68.

27.  Demeler, J., Van Zeveren, A. M. J., Kleinschmidt, N., Vercruysse, J., Höglund, J., Koopmann, R., Cabaret, J., Clearabout, E., Areskog, M, von Samson-Himmelstjerna, G. (2009). Monitoring the efficacy of ivermectin and albendazole against gastro intestinal nematodes of cattle in Northern Europe. Veterinary Parasitology, 160, 109-115.

28.  Sokerya, S., Waller, P. J., Try, P, Höglund, J. (2009). The effects of long-term feeding of fresh cassava (Manihot esculenta) foliage on gastrointestinal nematode parasite infections in goats. Tropical Animal Health Production, 41, 251-258.

29.  Hagberg, M., Lundén, A., Höglund, J., Morrison, D. A., Perssson-Waller, K, Wattrang, E. (2008). Characterisation of bovine lymphocytes stimulated in vitro by Dictyocaulus viviparus homogenate. Parasite Immunology, 30, 342-353.

30.  Höglund, J., Engström, A., Morrison, D. A., Mineur, A, Mattsson, J. G. (2008). Limited sequence variation in the Major Sperm Protein1 (MSP) gene within populations and species of the genus Dictyocaulus (Nematoda). Parasitology Research, 103, 11-20.

31.  Lindgren, K., Ljungvall, Ö., Nilsson, O., Ljungström, B-L., Lindahl, C., & Höglund, J. (2008). Parascaris equorum in foals and in their environment on a Swedish stud farm, with notes on treatment failure of ivermectin. Veterinary Parasitology, 151, 337-343.




Johan Höglund

Professor, Parasitologi

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