National Institute of Animal Health, NARO

Bacterial Pathogenesis Unit

Our research aims are to control bacterial infection of livestock by establishing diagnostic methods and prevention methods. We try to clarify the relationship between pathogenesis and bacteriological characteristics including antimicrobial susceptibilities, capsule types, serotypes and genotypes. Epidemiological analysis on these factors is also needed to control the infection. We also contribute to the development of a new technology to reduce environmental microorganisms in livestock barns. We are in charge of diagnosing notifiable bacterial infection and technical training for domestic and foreign experts in livestock healthcare.
The main themes are:

  • To reveal pathogenesis-developing mechanisms in the foul blood honeybees and grasp prevalence of antibiotic resistant isolates.
  • To elucidate the relationship between serotypes and pathogenicity in swine streptococcal infection.
  • To characterize phenotype and genotype of a family Pasteurellaceae bacteria including Histophilus somni, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae and Pasteurella multocida, and improve detection and diagnosis methods of these bacterial infection in livestock.
  • To investigate airborne microorganisms in livestock barns.

  • Unit Leader

    Ken KATSUDA


    Unit Members

Corporate Number 7050005005207