The Prevention Department (led by Dr Paxton) comprises the groups working to understand the pathophysiology (Martin Luther University Halle, Germany)
of the interactions between pathogens and pesticides as well as the groups aiming to understand the genomics and genetics of disease resistance
(Martin-Luther-University Halle, Germany; Umeå University, Sweden). The associated partner with capacity for applied research is the INRA in Avignon, France.
Prof. Paxton is the leading European expert for Nosema diagnosis and the molecular tools to discriminate between the two Nosema species were developed in his laboratory. He has great expertise in bee pathophysiology including Nosema and Virus infections with a particular interest in host-parasite interactions. Prof. Moritz's (Martin-Luther-University Halle, Germany) group is one of the leading European laboratory in honeybee genetics. His group has great experience in mapping studies of the honeybee genome and established the technique of using drones to identify genes.
Prof. Hultmark's group (Umeň University, Sweden) is an internationally leading group studying the genetics of the insect immune system, primarily using Drosophila as a model test system. In the past years he also worked on honeybee immune genes as a member of the honeybee genome sequencing consortium, and is invaluable to the consortium for knock outs in Drosophila to confirm candidate genes in the honeybee.
Dr Le Conte's group (INRA, Avignon, France) is a world leading research team on studying the interactions between Varroa and the honeybee. The group at Avignon was the first to use microarray technology in the context of colony health. The group works at the interface between fundamental and applied research and is the associated extension partner to the Prevention Department.