Veterinary and bee health
We study pathogenic diseases in bee and livestock systems. Bees are important pollinators of agricultural crops, but recent years have seen an increasing number of emergent pests and disease impacting their health.
Our group combine expertise in molecular biology, parasite biology, bee biology, pollinator management, modelling and statistics to improve our understanding of bee health.
We aim to highlight management methods that help to minimise impact on this important group of pollinators.
Chicken is a major food resource in many parts of the world. We study epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, which are responsible for many food-borne diseases in humans.
Veterinary medicineVeterinary medicine
Thyroid cancer is a rare disease in dogs, for which there is limited knowledge of the efficacy of treatments. We work with a local vet involved with analysing survival with a view identifying strategies for treatment.
Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV) ModellingChronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV) Modelling
Chronic bee paralysis is a serious disease of adult honey bees that can lead to colony losses.
Ben will develop a series of models to quantify how biological processes contribute to the spread of chronic bee paralysis within a honey bee colony.
Disease models will be used to optimise the impact of management practices on disease control.
Honey bee nutrition and CBPVHoney bee nutrition and CBPV
Honey bee diet can affect the ability of honey bees to cope with pathogens by impacting immune function.
Theodora will investigate how honey bee diet impacts the susceptibility and transmission of the emerging disease chronic bee paralysis.
The work will inform how floral landscape management can contribute to disease resilience in this key pollinator.
This project is supported by the Eastern Association Regional Studentship (EARS) and the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.
Optimising bee health surveillanceOptimising bee health surveillance
The UK government operates a prioritised honey bee health inspection scheme based on a series of rules to provide an estimate of the likely risk of endemic disease and exotic disease/pests for each apiary.
The rules are based on geospatial and temporal data describing observed endemic and estimated exotic sources of risk.
Each apiary is categorised as red (high risk), amber (medium risk) or green (low risk) to provide three categories with which to prioritise inspections.
The existing implementation of these risk rules has led to a large demand for inspections at high risk apiaries that cannot be met by the existing inspection resources.
This small project will develop a system that couples historic inspection data with resource availability (time and spatial distribution of inspections) to monitor the deployment of inspectors during the previous policy cycle.
Apiary and regional level analyses will then help refine future inspection and risk priorities to maximise impact on honey bee health.
Epidemiology of chronic bee paralysisEpidemiology of chronic bee paralysis
Honey bees are subjected to an increasing number of damaging pests and diseases. Chronic bee paralysis is an emergent disease of adult honey bees that is causing honey bee colony losses in the UK.
This collaborative project seeks to:
- explain why the disease has increased in prevalence
- understand the basic disease epidemiology
- identify strategies for mitigating against the disease
Project partners include the University of St Andrews, the National Bee Unit (APHA) and the Bee Farmers Association.