Ed Haynes

Edward has previously studied the genomics and epidemiology of a bacterial disease of honey bees, using genomic data to develop a typing scheme for the causative pathogen that is now in routine use in the National Bee Unit.


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  • Area of expertise
    Genomics and epidemiology of a bacterial disease
  • Years of experience
  • Highest qualification

Edward's other capabilities are in genomic epidemiology of foodborne pathogens of humans, and he has an interest in microbial community analyses, for example in relation to untargeted pathogen detection.

More broadly within the sequencing team there is considerable expertise in plant pathology, including untargeted detection of novel viruses and genomics of bacterial and fungal pathogens of plants. We also have experience with analysis of microbial populations from a range of environments, including foodstuffs, soils, faeces and water.

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Latest Papers and Articles

Fletcher, J., Alpas, H., Henry, C.M., Haynes, E., Dehne, H.W., Ma, L.M., Soyer, Y., Yeni, F., Colla, P., Robb, P (2017) Vulnerabilities, Threats and Gaps in Food Biosecurity in Practical Tools for Plant and Food Biosecurity

Haynes, E., (2016) “Next Generation Sequencing in the food industry” New Food, Food Analysis Supplement [Trade Publication]

Budge, G.E., Shirley, M.D.F., Jones, B., Quill, E., Tomkies, V., Feil, E.J., Brown, M.A., Haynes, E.G., (2014), “Molecular epidemiology and population structure of the honey bee brood pathogen Melissococcus plutonius.” The ISME Journal, 8(8), 1588-1597.

Haynes, E., Helgason, T., Young, J.P.W., Thwaites, R., Budge, G.E., (2013), “A typing scheme for the honey bee pathogen Melissococcus plutonius allows detection of disease transmission events and a study of the distribution of variants.” Environmental Microbiology Reports, 5(4), 525-529.

Events past and future

22nd - 24th May 2017: Food Sure 2017

22nd - 23rd June 2015: Rapid Detection for Food Safety                             

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Ed and their team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...

Bacterial Genomics. Microbial Community Analysis. Bespoke Next Generation Sequencing projects

Food Contact Materials Testing

Our work involves targeted and non targeted analysis of known and unknown migrants. Analysis can be carried out in complex matrices (foods, food simulants and food contact materials and articles) utilising a range of advanced chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques.

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Contaminant Testing

Our experts focus on the scientific research relating to intentionally added food components and to those arising from chemical changes during food processing, bioactive chemicals and natural toxicants.

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Authenticity Testing

Fera's analysts use industry leading techniques and cutting edge technologies to ensure compliance with food safety regulations, protecting public health and traceability.

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