So far only few phylogenetic trees have been included on the bacterial pages of VetBact. However, within a few months we hope to increase the number of trees significantly. We have started to constuct trees for the genus Clostridium and a phylogenetic tree can now be found on all clostridia pages of VetBact. The trees are based on prealigned 16S rRNA gene sequences retrieved from RDP (Ribosomal Database Project). The trees have been constructed on line by using the computer program “Tree Builder” at the website of RDP. The images of the trees were further revised by using the GNU Image Manipulation Program – GIMP.
VetBact has been demonstrated to four very interested researchers (Ms. Walaa Osama Ahmed Abdelkader Khattab, Mrs. Salma Adnan Ahmed Bekhit, Dr. Neveen Fahmy Mohamed Agamy Hassanin and Mr. Mohamed Anwar Mohamed Sultan Mahgoub) from the High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University in Egypt.
We have currently four researchers from the High Institute of Public Health, Alexandria University, Egypt visiting our university (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – SLU) for three weeks. The visit is a part of the start-up of a new three-year project ‘Molecular Epidemiology of Campylobacter spp. in Broiler Meat and Quantitative Modeling of the Risk of Human Campylobacteriosis in the Egyptian Setting’ funded by the Swedish Research Council. For more information about the project, please contact Sofia Boqvist (firstname.lastname@example.org) at SLU.
Professor Bengt Guss in his new office at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health.
From July 1, 2015, Professor Bengt Guss was appointed professor in veterinary bacteriology at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health (BVF) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – SLU). Professor Guss was earlier employed as professor in microbiology at the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The research of Professor Guss has been focused on pathogenicity factors and vaccine development concerning staphylococci and streptococci. More information about the research of Professor Guss and his colleague Associate Professor Lars Frykberg, who has also moved to BVF, can be found on the website of SLU.
Karl-Erik Johansson is giving a lecture on VetBact for veterinary students at Qingdao Agricultural University of China. Date: 2015-03-10.
In February and March 2015, Karl-Erik Johansson was invited to spent a few weeks in China to give lectures in bacteriology for Faculty Members of the Faculty of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine and for the veterinary students at the Qingdao Agricultural University (QAU) in the Shandong province. The teacher exchange between QAU and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is supported by the Linnaeus – Palme programme.
To facilitate the use of VetBact for Chinese students, we have in collaboration with teachers at the Veterinary Faculty of QAU translated certain parts of VetBact. For instance, all bacterial names can now be found in Chinese on VetBact. The Chinese names will appear in a popup window if you first click on Species/Subspecies and then choose the link “List of bacterial names in Chinese”.
The new building (VHC) of the Faculty for Veterinary Medine and Animal Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. VHC was inaugurated in September 2014. The photo was taken in the afternoon 2014-12-03.
On the 10th of December at 09:00 – 11:45 a.m., the applicants for the position as Professor in Veterinary Bacteriology will give their presentations in the lecture room Audhumbla in the VHC house at the Ultuna Campus, Uppsala, according to the following agenda:
09:00 – 09:45, Karin Artursson (National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala, Sweden), ”Bakterier i mjölk som kan orsaka sjukdom både hos djur och människor” (in Swedish).
10:00 – 10:45, Joerg Jores (International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya), “The smallest bacterium with the biggest impact on cattle in Africa” (in English).
11:00 – 11:45, Bengt Guss (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden), ”Kvarka – en fruktad infektionssjukdom som drabbar hästar” (in Swedish).
For more information, see SLU’s kalendarium.
The lectures are public and you are all welcome!
Phase contrast micrograph of Treponema phagedenis subsp. vaccae. Image: VetBact, Märit Pringle.
Two theses from SLU (Swedish University of Agriculturan Sciences) on Treponema spp. will soon be presented and defended:
1. Frida Karlsson, Treponema spp. in porcine skin ulcers. Clinical aspects. May 15, 2014 at 09:15 a.m. in the lecture hall KC1 at Ultuna Campus. Opponent: Professor Michael Wendt, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Germany. Principle supervisor: Professor Claes Fellström, SLU.
2. Olov Svartström, Treponema spp. in necrotic skin ulcers in pigs. Phenotypic and genotypic features. May 16, 2014 at 09:15 a.m. in the lecture hall KC1 at Ultuna Campus. Opponent: Professor Davis Smajs, University of Brno, The Czech Republic. Principle supervisor: Professor Claes Fellström, SLU.
The VH-faculty will move into this brand new building at the Ultuna Campus in the summer of 2014. The photo was taken: 2013-09-04.
The position as pro- fessor in Veterinary Bacteriology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala is now open for applications. This position is affiliated to the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (VH-faculty), SLU, Uppsala, Sweden.
The final date for applications is May 5, 2014 and further information can be obtained from SLU.
Proteus vulgaris cultivated on blood agar at 37°C for 24 h. The right panel is a magnification of the agar plate shown in the left panel. Note the swarming of these bacteria. Photo: Karl-Erik Johansson
We have added a new Gram staining image of Proteus vulgaris and we have replaced one Gram staining image of Escherichia coli, which was of bad quality, with a new one. We have also added images of Proteus vulgaris cultivated on blood agar, purple agar, CLED agar and MacConkey agar.
Lise-Lotte Fernstöm (BVF, SLU) has prepared the agar plates and performed the Gram staining.
The VH-faculty will move into this brand new house at the Ultuna Campus within one year. The foto was taken: 2013-09-04.
During the spring 2014, a position as professor in Veterinary Bacteriology will be open for applications.
This position is affiliated to the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (VH-faculty), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden.
More information will appear in the VetBactBlog, as soon as the position as professor in Veterinary Bacteriology has been officially announced at SLU’s website.
Gram staining of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. Note the typical “cheese doodle appearance” of these bacteria.
Veterinarian Helena Eriksson will defend her thesis entitled Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae in laying hens on May 31 at 09.15 in lecture room 1 (“KC ettan”) at the Clinical Center (Klinikcentrum), Ultuna, Uppsala. The thesis is available from SLU’s database Epsilon.
Helena Eriksson is affiliated to the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Professor Claes Fellström has acted as principal supervisor.
Professor Anders Permin (DTU, Copenhagen) will act as external reviewer (opponent) and he will also give a lecture about diseases in laying hens on May 30 at 15.00 in Aniara, SVA, Ultuna, Uppsala.
E. rhusiopathiae is an important bacterium in veterinary medicine and it may cause erysipelas (rödsjuka) in pigs, sheep, turkey and humans etc. Read more about the thesis work (in Swedish) at the website of the National Veterinary Institute (SVA).