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A talk on European foulbrood by Professor Giles Budge

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Fishing for clues to explain the enigmatic honey bee brood disease that is European foulbrood

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European foulbrood is seen as the quiet sibling of American foulbrood. Less virulent, less likely to kill individual bees or even whole colonies, and as such, more often than not ignored by international policies to control honey bee disease. Giles will explain why it is the quiet ones you need to watch! Giles will talk about how to recognise the disease and the history of European foulbrood control in England and Wales before sharing his research experiences of using laboratory methods to improve our understanding of disease transmission and control.


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Professor Giles Budge obtained his degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of East Anglia and his PhD in Molecular Plant Pathology from the University of Reading. He previously worked for Horticulture Research International, ADAS, Central Science Laboratory and Fera before moving to Newcastle University in 2018 to set-up a pathology laboratory specialising in crop and bee health.

Giles is an applied scientist with expertise in apiculture, pathology and diagnostics. He worked as the research coordinator for the National Bee Unit for 12 years, where he was responsible for developing an internationally recognised programme of applied research. Most notably he led a project funded under the Insect Pollinators Initiative on European foulbrood and a transatlantic partnering award. His research interests include combining experimental biology, molecular detection and modelling to improve our collective understanding of disease epidemiology. Giles has provided expert evidence to inform government policy reviews surrounding pollinator health and is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.

Most recently Giles has been working on the repeated invasions of the yellow-legged hornet, helping to optimise government disease surveillance schemes, and investigating the emerging honey bee disease chronic bee paralysis. He is fully aware that he should not have a favourite honey bee disease, but he does…..

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