Research provides new tool for controlling reovirus

GEORGIA, USA - 24 October 2018: The USPOULTRY Foundation announces the completion of a funded research project at AviServe LLC in Newark, Delaware that has revealed a new tool for controlling reovirus
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The research was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Fieldale Farms 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 #F071: Evaluation of Factors that Affect Susceptibility and Control of Reovirus-Induced Viral Arthritis in Broiler Chickens

(Dr Milos Markis and Dr John Rosenberger at AviServe LLC, Newark, Del.)

Dr Milos Markis and Dr John Rosenberger, at AviServe LLC, completed a research project in which they developed a practical model for studying vertical and horizontal transmission of contemporary strains of avian reovirus in chickens. Reovirus infection in broiler chickens, caused by new strains of reovirus, has been a significant concern in recent years and has proven to be difficult to control and also difficult to study. The disease transmission model developed in this project closely mimics the dynamics of disease transmission seen in the field and will provide a practical method to study and learn how to better prevent and control the disease in the future.

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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