DNA region in chickens identified for disease resistance

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One region in the DNA explains a large difference in possible disease resistance betweenchickens. This was discovered by researchers of Wageningen University & Research...

Antimicrobial drug resistance in poultry. What do we know about risk factors?

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There is an increasing amount of published surveillance and diagnostic submissions data, providing information on prevalence and trends of antimicrobial drug use and antimicrobial...

Gut health in poultry production: why, what and how

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Gut health has become a dominant topic in the global poultry industry. But why did the topic emerge to become so important to the...

Researchers investigate the cause and prevention of False Layer Syndrome

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announced the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in which researchers investigated the cause and prevention...

Chlamydia spp. detected in poultry in Piedmont, Italy

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Chlamydia spp. are agents of re-emerging infections in poultry worldwide and deserve attention from a public health perspective due to the well-known zoonotic nature...

Optimizing immunization through proper vaccination in turkeys

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When we talk about optimizing immunization through proper vaccination in commercial turkeys, we are really talking about optimizing drinking water vaccination when we think...

Nutritional strategies against pathogens in poultry

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Salmonella Enteritidis and Campylobacter jejuni are the two major foodborne pathogens transmitted through poultry products. Since chickens are the reservoir hosts of these pathogens,...

Researchers examine the role of APEC in turkey cellulitis

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in which researchers...

Cochlosoma anatis in turkeys

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A funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. evaluated the pathogenicity of Cochlosoma anatis. The research was made possible in...

How Necrotic Enteritis affects animal’ welfare and performance

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Necrotic Enteritis (NE) affected flocks have poor enteric health and nutrient digestibility leading to decreased performance and increased excretion of nutrients. Evidence suggests that...

Pulsed ultraviolet light processing of eggs

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In recent years, pulsed ultraviolet light has been shown to reduce microbial pathogens on the surface of shell eggs, crucial for maintaining good chick...

The Salmonella initiative

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An enduring challenge and reputational issue for the egg industry is caused by the presence of Salmonella enterica serovars (particularly some Typhimurium serotypes), which...

Adaptability of bird flu poses threat to poultry

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New insights from a study of the 2016/17 bird flu outbreak show how highly pathogenic bird flu viruses – which are likely to cause...

Managing CO2 and fresh air to optimise hatchability

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Last year I was invited to a layer hatchery that was reporting slightly lower hatchability than its sister hatcheries, despite using eggs from the...

How to guard your hatchery against biosecurity threats

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Biosecurity, by simple definition, is a set of procedures undertaken to limit the spread of infectious pathogens to a susceptible population. It is, however,...

Research shows nutritional effects of Coccidiosis vaccination

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A funded research project on Coccidiosis was completed at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that shows the nutritional effects of coccidiosis vaccination. Project...

How do coccidiosis challenges influence lipid digestibility and energy utilisation?

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Coccidiosis continues to be one of the most pervasive and economically detrimental diseases in commercial poultry production. Controlling this enteric disease is an even...

Footpad dermatitis in market turkey hens. Bird density and bedding material relationships

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Lameness and poor footpad condition can be major issues for meat-type poultry resulting in their decreased well-being and decreased productivity. A large body of research exists for...

Trouw Nutrition presents research during the Poultry Science Association Meeting

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Synergistic use of different feed additives may support producers’ antibiotic reduction programmes. Reducing antibiotic use in poultry production is an urgent objective shared by stakeholders...

The effects of diet and epigenetic alterations on the gut microbiome, inflammation and poultry...

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The gut microbiota is a fundamental force influencing diverse aspects of avian physiology. Microbiome studies are at a critical juncture and facing a challenging...

Towards practical methods for assessing ILTV vaccine take

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In response to ILTV outbreaks, live vaccines are typically administered at 7-14 days of age in drinking water via nipple drinkers which may not...

Interrupting cholesterol pathway reduces Marek’s disease spread

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In a new discovery, scientists from The Pirbright Institute confirm that cholesterol production and transport play a crucial role in how Marek’s disease virus...

Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of thermophylic Campylobacters in poultry

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Campylobacter spp. is a leading cause of foodborne diarrhea. The most common source of infection is contaminated food, mainly poultry meat. The uncontrolled use of...
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Histopathological evaluation of Histomonas meleagridis on ceca and the bursa of Fabricius in turkeys

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Histomoniasis is caused by Histomonas meleagridis, a flagellated protozoan parasite. It causes systemic infection in turkeys and induces characteristic lesions in ceca and liver....

Pirbright research to boost vaccine production

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Scientists at the Pirbright Institute have received money, which will enable research into boosting vaccine yields by up to ten fold. The funding was...

Rapid in vitro antimicrobial screening assay against Campylobacter

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Research was undertaken to adapt a multi-well antimicrobial assay as a fast and reliable method to screen large numbers of plant extract treatments against...

Microbiological consequences of different housing systems for laying hens, with particular reference to Salmonella...

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A significant proportion of human illnesses caused by Salmonella are linked to the consumption of contaminated eggs. In response, substantial government and private industry...

Chicken study probes resistance to food bug

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Receiving gut microbes from resistant chickens does not lessen chickens’ susceptibility to bacterium that causes food poisoning. Susceptible chickens became even more susceptible to Campylobacter,...

Get the most from your diagnostic laboratory.

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A field perspective. You notice the mortality is up this morning in one of your brooder houses. Your first thought might be “better take some birds to...

How a single Avian Influenza protein can increase period of infection

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New research led by scientists at The Pirbright Institute has shown how an Avian Infuenza a virus protein, called PB1-F2, is able to shut...

Biological control of Salmonella in the poultry industry: a European perspective

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Salmonella remains one of the most important foodborne bacterial pathogens worldwide, and is frequently linked with the consumption of contaminated poultry meat and eggs....

Sample management and handling for diagnostic testing

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Diagnostic testing is an important and widely used tool in commercial poultry husbandry. A key to best use of diagnostic testing, is to begin...

A new view of how class I molecules fight diseases

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Classical class I molecules of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) play crucial roles in defence against viruses. The class I molecules bind pieces of protein...

Understanding resistance to different Infectious Bronchitis virus genotypes

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In previous experiments, we have challenged major histocompatibility complex (MHC) congenic chicken lines available at UC Davis with an infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) M41...

Research shows how Infectious Laryngotracheitis can spread from vaccinated flocks

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The research on how Infectious Laryngotracheitis can spread from vaccinated flocks was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Claxton Poultry...

A diagnostic laboratory perspective for pathogen detection

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Detection of infectious diseases can generally be broken down into laboratory detection of the pathogen or detection of the immune response to the pathogen....

Integrated Microfluidic Device for rapid Avian Influenza virus capture

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Rapid detection of avian influenza virus (AIV) is highly desirable during outbreaks or routine AIV surveillance. In this project, the preliminary results in developing a...

Enumeration of Ascaridia Galli eggs in chicken excreta

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Excreta counting techniques in eggs can provide valuable information for assessing flock infection levels, selecting nematode resistant chicken breeds and for determining anthelmintic efficacy.  Although...

Detection of antibodies against Chlamydia species in chicken serum

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Avian chlamydiosis is a bacterial infection caused by Chlamydia bacteria. The currently available tests distinguish Chlamydia species based on genetic material. Researchers from Wageningen...

The declining trend of salmonellosis cases in the EU has levelled off

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Cases of Salmonella Enteritidis acquired in the EU have increased in humans by 3% since 2014 says the report, which is compiled by the...

A multidisciplinary research approach on Avian Influenza in Italy

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The Avian Influenza epidemic of 2016-2017 had been the largest in Europe in more than 10 years. The circulating virus was a Highly Pathogenic...

Engineering vaccines for multiple strains of IBV

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In new work funded by a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) researchers at The Pirbright Institute and The Roslin Institute have published...

Detection and quantification of Gallibacterium anatis and Mycoplasma synoviae

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Mycoplasma synoviae is one of the most common preconditions for secondary bacterial infections in poultry. It causes subclinical infections of the upper respiratory tract,...

Comparison of four injection sites for Se bacterin vaccine in commercial pullets

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As commercial pullets farming transitions from rearing a bird on a single level in conventional-style housing to rearing a bird in a multi-level aviary,...

Researchers characterize selected variant Avian Reovirus strains

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of California, Davis, in which researchers looked to...

Biosecurity measures and new vaccines to combat the spread of bird flu

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The recent H5N6 bird flu outbreak is confined to the south of England, partly due to the introduction of an Avian Influenza Protection Zone...

Turkey dermatitis/cellulitis: where are we headed?

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Clostridium septicum is a ubiquitous, spore-forming bacterium associated with spontaneous gas gangrene in both livestock and humans. The spores can persist in harsh environments,...

Boosting the cell-mediated immunity in chickens post-hatch via pre-hatch delivery of nucleic acids

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Respiratory virus infections such as Avian Influenza, infectious laryngotracheitis and infectious bronchitis lead to high morbidity and mortality in chickens globally. Given the limitations...

Researchers investigate the characteristics of Turkey Hepatitis Reovirus

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announced the completion of a funded research project at the University of Minnesota in which researchers investigated the characteristics of Turkey...

Influenza antibodies made by Pirbright reduce disease in chickens

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Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have engineered synthetic antibody molecules that can be administered to poultry to reduce the symptoms of Influenza, as well as...

Infectious bursal disease viruses may swap genetic material during infection

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Live cell imaging has been used by researchers at The Pirbright Institute to reveal new information about how different strains of infectious bursal disease virus...

Non-antibiotic intestinal interventions

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As the countdown towards implementation of the FDA’s Guidance for Industry 213 continues, interest in non-antibiotic intestinal interventions has increased. Earliest efforts in this...

Protozoal management in turkeys

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The two turkey protozoa that cause significant animal welfare and economic distress include various Eimeria species of coccidia and Histomonas meleagridis. For coccidia, oral...

Targeted preharvest interventions against Salmonella in turkeys

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Salmonella is a foodborne zoonotic pathogen prevalent in poultry production, including turkeys. The pathogen is a constant threat to human public health because of...

Research reveals method to improve Escherichia coli vaccines

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A funded research project at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. was completed, in which researchers revealed a method to improve Escherichia coli...

Pathogenesis of egg infections by salmonella – Second Part

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Early protection has been demonstrated after primary live vaccine administration early post-hatch but this effect is serotype-specific, while cross-protection between some serotypes has been...

Salmonella Reading in commercial turkeys. Why now and how?

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Salmonella sp. is one of the most common bacteria associated with foodborne illness in humans. Each year in the United States, foodborne salmonellosis causes...

First-Ever Report of antimicrobial ase across U.S. broiler chickens and turkeys

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Dramatic antimicrobial usage changes and improved antimicrobial stewardship. The new report shows dramatic reductions of turkey and broiler chicken antimicrobial use over a five-year timeframe....

Vaccination of turkey breeders to control Salmonella

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Salmonella continues to be a top food safety concern for the turkey industry, the USDA, and the consumer. Salmonella bacteria are the most frequently...

Frontiers in human and veterinary antibody discovery

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The Pirbright Institute hosted the inaugural Comparative Veterinary Immunology Group (CVIG) meeting Frontiers in Human and Veterinary Antibody discovery on 26 and 27 November,...

Linear Epitope Mapping of B-cell responses following immunization with Avian Reovirus S1133

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Avian reovirus is a causative agents of tenosynovitis and viral arthritis. Commercially available reovirus vaccines do not protect against challenge with emerging variants associated...

World Veterinary Day – celebrating the value of vaccination

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The theme of this year’s World Veterinary Day – celebrated April, 27th – was Value of Vaccination. To celebrate it, some of the vaccinology...

Collaborative regulatory approach can reduce antibiotic use in animal production

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As global concern about the human health threat posed by antimicrobial resistance continues rises, governments continue to introduce legislation to curb antibiotic use in...

A review of novel biological alternatives to antibiotic therapies in poultry

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As poultry producers in Australia continue to limit antibiotic use, increasing numbers of alternative therapies and chemical biosecurity products are being used to overcome...

Research examines novel next generation sequencing techniques

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in which researchers...

Increased cecal butyrate concentrations protect against Salmonella Enteritidis

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Butyrate is a molecule that is extensively studied as a feed additive to improve gut health and animal performance. It also has been described...

Infectious bronchitis virus shuts down cell stress signals

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A new study from scientists at The Pirbright Institute and collaborators at the University of Surrey provides evidence that infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) can regulate the...

UK Veterinary Vaccinology Network

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Veterinary researchers from around the world came together at this year’s joint UK & International Veterinary Vaccinology Network Conference on the 9-10 January 2019...

Research provides Insight on colonization of broilers by Salmonella

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in which researchers were able...

Pirbright’s new Avian Influenza vaccine

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An improved poultry influenza vaccine has been developed by researchers from The Pirbright Institute. The potential vaccine triggers a rapid immune response which protects...

How Marek’s disease may directly affect the chicken immune system

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Marek’s disease virus (MDV) causes disease in chickens and is estimated to cost the global poultry industry up to US $2 billion each year. In...

An alternative method to fight Avian Influenza Virus

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A recent project was completed at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in which researchers developed a mobile system that can inactivate Avian...

Profiling Salmonella serotypes through broiler processing

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USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in which researchers profiled Salmonella serotypes through broiler processing. The...

Use of comparative genomics to identify vaccine candidates for Campylobacter Jejuni

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Interventions to control and reduce the incidence of Campylobacter jejuni colonization in poultry is important in order to reduce the burden of foodborne illness in humans....

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