US - The poultry levy organisation USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have approved a total of $288,664 for seven new research grants at three institutions.
The research funding was approved by the boards of directors of both organisations, based on recommendations from the Foundation Research Advisory Committee. Committee members are professional specialists from different segments of the poultry and egg industry who represent a variety of disciplines.
The Association’s research programme dates back to the early 1960s when funds were first approved for poultry disease research. It gradually grew into a comprehensive programme incorporating all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.
Since the inception of the research programme, USPOULTRY has reinvested more than $25 million dollars into the industry in the form of research grants, with the International Poultry Expo as the primary source for the funding.
More than 50 universities and federal and state facilities have received grants over the years.
“Research is an important part of USPOULTRY's and the Foundation’s service to the industry,” said Sherman Miller, USPOULTRY chairman.
“The Foundation Research Advisory Committee is the heart of the research programme with committee members allocating numerous hours studying and evaluating research proposals before making recommendations for funding.
"We sincerely appreciate and value their excellent work.”
The research grants from each institution include:
- Production of Variant Reovirus Hyperimmune Serum for Use as a Diagnostic Tool to Further Characterize Avian Reoviruses from Clinical Cases of Tenosynovitis - University of Georgia (research grant made possible by a gift from Mar-Jac Poultry)
- Identification of the Wooden Breast Condition in Broiler Breast Fillets Using Imaging Technology - USDA Agriculture Research Service (research grant made possible by a gift from GNP Company)
- Improved Methods for the Control of Variant Strains of IBV - University of Georgia (research grant made possible by a gift from Fieldale Farms)
- Impact and Mitigation of Stormwater Runoff from Poultry - University of Georgia
- Protection Provided by Multivalent Infectious Bronchitis Virus Vaccines Against Challenge with Current US Strains and Variants - University of Delaware
- Cold Plasma-based Antimicrobial Packaging System to Improve the Shelf Life and Reduce Foodborne Pathogens in Poultry Breast Meat - USDA Agriculture Research Service
- Modified Live Vaccines of Infectious Laryngotracheitis Virus - University of Delaware
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