Journal of Undergraduate Research


honey bees, larvae gut microbiota, American Foulbrood, AFB


Life Sciences


Plant and Wildlife Sciences


Honey bees are currently plagued by an infection known as American Foulbrood (AFB). This disease is caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae. It is carried by adult Honey bees and becomes an active infection once inside the digestive tract of a Honey bee larvae. Current treatment of this disease is a broad-spectrum antibiotic with negative effects on both the Honey bee and the environment. Research is currently being conducted with the hope to introduce a bacteriophage therapy to the market. This approach will be specific to Paenibacillus larvae without the worries of the current treatments. Our focus is to provide an accurate microbiota1 of Honey bee larvae through its development. This will allow researchers to test their therapy’s toxicity on beneficial bacteria.