Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and M. hyorhinis

Mycoplasma hyorhinis.

Colonies of Mycoplasma hyorhinis cultivated on commersially Mycoplasma-Experience medium  for 7 days. The length of the scale bars is equivalent to 1 mm. Credit: Joachim Frey and Bettina Trueb.

Thanks to Professor Joachim Frey (Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology, University of Bern, Swit- zerland), we have got images of colonies of Mycoplasma hyopneumo- niae and M. hyorhinis to by used on the corresponding bacterial pages of VetBact. Mycoplasmas form very small colonies (0.1-1 mm in diameter) and to see details of the colonies, a microscope has to be used. The colonies are in general umbonated and are said to look like fried eggs. However, these two mycoplasmas form atypical colonies with very poorly defined “egg yolk”.

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MALDI-TOF MS available at VHC, SLU

MALDI-TOF MS

The instrument for MALDI-TOF MS, which i.e. can be used for identification of bacteria, is placed at BVF, VHC, SLU.

Since some months back there is an instrument for MALDI-TOF MS (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption – Time Of Flight Mass Spectrometry) available for analyses at VHC (Centre for Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science), SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Science. The instrument is placed at the BVF (Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health) and it is ready to be used in research projects, routine diagnostics and teaching. MALDI-TOF kan for instance be used for identification of bacteria, mold and fungi.

For more information about costs etc. contact:
Lise-Lotte Fernström (lise-lotte.fernstrom@slu.se), phone: 018-672389 or
Lars Frykberg (lars.frykberg@slu.se), phone: 018-673387 or
Sofia Boqvist (sofia.boqvist@slu.se), phone: 018-672388.

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New lecturer of Bacteriology in Veterinary Medicine

Ingrid Hansson

Dr. Ingrid Hansson in her new office at the Centre for Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences of the Ultuna Campus in Uppsala.

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 University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden. Dr. Hansson has great experience in veterinary bacteriology from her earlier employments at both the Department of Bacteriology of the National Veterinary Institute in Sweden and at the former Department of Food Hygiene of SLU.

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Senior Lecturer of Bacteriology in Veterinary Medicine

A permanent position as Senior Lecturer of Bacteriology in Veterinary Medicine at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health is now open for applications. This department is affiliated to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden.

The position includes, among other things, research and teaching in bacteriology in veterinary medicine and maintenance and development of the public information platform VetBact. For more information about the duties of this position and the application procedure, see the website of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Deadline for applications: February 15, 2016.

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New phylogenetic trees in VetBact

25_clostridium_ver3 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.

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Visitors from Alexandria University

An introduction to VetBact

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 (sofia.boqvist@slu.se) at SLU.

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New professor in veterinary bacteriology

Professor Bent Guss

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.

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Lectures on VetBact in China

Karl-Erik Johansson is giving a lecture on VetBact for veterinary students at Qingdao Agricultural University of China.

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”.

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Lectures in Bacteriology

The VHC house

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!

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Presentation of two theses related to bacteriology

<i>Treponema</i> spp.

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.

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