I am part of the Honeybee Research Group at SLU internationally renowned for its work on honeybee pathology, especially microsporidia (Nosema), bacterial diseases (American and European foulbrood), parasitic mites (Varroa) and viruses. Currently our group focuses on the interactions between different parasites, pathogens and pesticides and the role of honeybee specific lactic acid bacteria in relation to individual bee and colony health.
My research interests are particularly the epidemiology and transmission of the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae, causing American foulbrood disease in honeybee larvae, and Melissococcus plutonius, causing European foulbrood.
In addition to my work on pathogenic bacteria, I have an interest in the general gut microbiota of the honeybee, with focus on the lactic acid producing bacteria isolated from the honey crop. This unique composition of lactic acid producing bacteria was isolated and described by researchers in Lund, and some of our projects are carried out in collaboration with this group. The overall aim of our collaboration is to study the potential of the honeybee specific lactic acid producing bacteria to prevent bacterial honeybee brood diseases.
Another significant part of my work includes the development and validation of new methods for the detection of various microorganisms in the honeybee colony.