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Phage therapy for treatment of American foulbrood caused by Paenibacillus larvae infections in honey bees

American foulbrood is a serious disease in bee brood (larvae) and it is caused by the spore forming bacterium Paenibacillus larvae. This disease can be found all over the world, where honey bees are kept in hives and it is … Continue reading

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New Server

From the beginning, we have developed the VetBact database with the needs of the students in the veterinary program in mind, but we also want it to be a useful resource for many workers outside the Swedish University of Agricultural … Continue reading

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New lecturer of Bacteriology in Veterinary Medicine

On november 15, DVM Ingrid Hansson started her employment as senior lecturer in bacteriology at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health. This department is affiliated to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the Swedish … Continue reading

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New logo for VetBact

New logo. The old logo for VetBact has been replaced by the one shown in the figure. A corresponding favicon has been added to the website as suggested by one of our students. The same logo is now used for … Continue reading

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Trueperella pyogenes – new name of an earlier described bacterium

A new name has again been proposed  for the bacterium known as Arcanobacterium pyogenes. This bacterium has also been referred to as Corynebacterium pyogenes and Actinomyces pyogenes. The proposed new name is Trueperella pyogenes and the reason for introducing this … Continue reading

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New field heading in VetBact

To avoid getting too many images under the heading “Macromorphology” in VetBact, we have introduced the new heading “Special media” (see e.g. Escherichia coli). Our intention is to use this new heading for images of bacterial colonies cultivated on special … Continue reading

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Was the recent outbreak of VTEC O104 infections in Europe caused by EHEC?

The recent outbreak of VTEC  (verotoxin producing E. coli) O104 infections in Europe, leading in some cases to the serious complication HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome), was first suspected to be caused by consumption of vegetables contaminated by Escherichia coli of … Continue reading

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Escherichia coli, EHEC and HUS

Today it was written in Svenska Dagbladet (a daily journal in Sweden) that “A new bacterium transmitts ehec”. It is unfortunately a very common mistake among Swedish journalists to confuse the bacterium with the disease. Correctly, it should have been … Continue reading

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Strategic money from SLU for further development of VetBact

We have received strategic money from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) for further development of VetBact as a pedagogic tool for students and teachers of the veterinary program. The money will primarely be used to develop VetBactLab, a … Continue reading

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Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, 2nd edition, Vol. 4

In the beginning of this year, Vol 4 of the 2nd edition of Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology was at last published.  The following phyla, which are of importance in veterinary medicine, are included in this volume: Bacteroidetes, Tenericutes (Mollicutes), … Continue reading

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