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Research on honeybees

The Honey Bee Research Centre focuses on honey bee health, honey bee disease ecology and pathology. The research contribute to new knowledge and solutions to reduce the threat of disease and improve the sustainability of beekeeping. We also research pathology and disease transmission in wild bees and bumblebees. Our mission is to facilitate fundamental and applied research on honeybees by providing infrastructure, support, and a space for collaborations between experts in research and industry.


We study the evolution, adaptation and ecology of bee viruses, as well as their effects on their hosts.

Bee and bumblebee sharing a flower.

The varroa mite

The ectoparasitic mite, Varroa destructor, is inarguably the most significant threat to honey bee health and the sustainability of beekeeping worldwide.

Four bees


A substantial part of our research on bacteria associated with honeybees focus on the devastating bacterial honeybee brood disease American foulbrood (AFB) caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae.

Published: 27 March 2024 - Page editor: anna.lundmark@slu.se