Avian influenza: mobile systems can inactivate virus

USA - USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in which researchers developed a mobile system that can inactivate avian influenza virus
calendar icon 22 August 2018
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The research was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from West Liberty Foods and is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website. The project summary is as follows.

Project #BRU008: Analysis of Poultry Gasification Parameters for Elimination of Avian Flu Exposed Birds and Manure

(Dr. Albert Ratner, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa)

A research project was recently completed by Professor Albert Ratner and colleagues in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Iowa. They developed the design for a mobile system to heat poultry carcasses and manure to inactivate avian influenza virus. This system could be utilized during an avian influenza outbreak to quickly help eliminate the virus from infected farms and better contain the spread of an outbreak.

The research summary can be found on the USPOULTRY website. Information on other Association research may also be obtained by visiting the website.

Ryan Johnson

Editor at The Poultry Site

Ryan worked in conservation from 2008 to 2017, during which time he operated a rainbow trout hatchery and helped to maintain public and protected green spaces in Canada for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. As editor of The Poultry Site, he now writes about challenges and opportunities in agriculture across the globe.

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