Honey group

Organisational unit: Research group

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Food Engineering
  • Medical Bioscience


  • Lactic acid bacteria, lactobacilli, bifidobacteria, honey, alternative to antibiotics, functional food, honeybee, wound management, infections, symbiosis



Our research started from a discovery that revealed the reason for why honey has been use as folk medicine worldwide and this was the unknown presence of novel lactic acid bacteria. These beneficial bacteria reside alive inside the honey stomach of honeybees and they add the viable bacteria during honey production, which makes honey antimicrobial. The newly discovered lactic acid bacteria consists of 9 lactobacilli and 4 bifidobacteria, almost all of which have been described as novel species by us. The group's focus is to use these lactic acid bacteria in medical applications for humans and animals as alternative tools to antibiotics as both prevention and treatment. The group works interdisciplinary and actively with the third task including innovations. A biotech company (ConCellae AB) was founded with help of LU Innovation, which owns the commercial rights to the bacteria and has developed a number of patents and innovations. Our goal is to reduce the use of antibiotics worldwide.

Recent research outputs

Stephan, J. G., Sepideh Lamei, Pettis, J. S., Kristian Riesbeck, de Miranda, J. R. & Forsgren, E., 2019, In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 85, 13, e00606-19.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sepideh Lamei, Stephan, J. G., Kristian Riesbeck, Alejandra Vasquez, Tobias Olofsson, Nilson, B., de Miranda, J. R. & Forsgren, E., 2019, In : Journal of Apicultural Research. 58, 3, p. 405-412 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tobias C. Olofsson, Butler, É., Lindholm, C., Bo Nilson, Michanek, P. & Alejandra Vásquez, 2016 Oct, In : Current Microbiology. 73, 4, p. 463-473 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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