We study Paenibacillus larvae, a bacterial pathogen that infects honey bees. Paenibacillus larvae is the causative agent of American Foulbrood (AFB). American Foulbrood is one of the deadliest infections that is killing honey bees. American foulbrood is deadly partly because of the bacterial spores that are easily spread and tough. When a beehive becomes infected with AFB there are two options; you can hope that within two weeks antibiotics will cure the infection or the state mandates that you must burn the hives. Our teams focus is on creating better option than antibiotics for beekeepers whose hives become infected with AFB.
Achieving Our Goal
We do this through phage therapy. Phages can be found anywhere. For example in a hive, bees, honey, and soil. As a result we have spent the last 4 years researching both phages and Paenibacillus larvae in order to understand the full potential of Phage Therapy.
Current and Future Research
New Phage Isolation
Efficacy Phage Therapy Safety Study
Host Range Studies
Phage Genome Sequencing