Russian scientist receives grant to tackle antibiotic resistance in broilers

Raising broilers without the use of antibiotics could be possible
calendar icon 19 January 2022
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Following the results of the competition, the grant of the President of the Russian Federation was the owner of the Associate Professor of the Department of Technology of Production and Processing of Agricultural Products of Belgorod State Agrarian University named after V. Me. Gorina, Candidate of Agricultural Sciences Ivan Koshchaev.

The topic of the scientific research - "Creation of a technology for growing poultry without the use of antimicrobials" - is consistent with the strategic projects "Innovative feed and feed additives" and "Healthy nutrition" of the consortium "Agropriority 2030", which are implemented within the framework of the strategic academic leadership program "Priority

"Antibiotics are now widely used to preserve and improve productivity indicators in industrial conditions of poultry cultivation. At the same time, in recent years, there has been a tightening of rules for the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry in order to stop their entry into food for people, as well as in connection with the appearance of strains of pathogenic bacteria that have developed resistance to a wide range of antibiotics. One of the alternatives to the use of antibiotics is the use of probiotics - living bacteria, which are specially selected due to their beneficial effects on the host's body and ability to survive in extreme pH and temperature conditions," says Ivan Koshchaev. - The result of my research work will be the development of technology for industrial cultivation of broiler chickens without the use of antimicrobials (including all technological, zootechnical and veterinary measures) to improve poultry immunity and, as a result, to obtain environmentally friendly products.

Belgorod State Agrarian University associate professor Ivan Koshchaev received a President of the Russian Federation grant to create technology for raising poultry without the use of antimicrobials.

Widely used to improve productivity and health in poultry production, antibiotics have seen a tightening of rules around use in animal husbandry in Russia. Legislation has been amended in order to stop their entry into the human food chain, as well as to reduce the risk of the development of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains.

"One of the alternatives to the use of antibiotics is the use of probiotics - living bacteria, which are specially selected due to their beneficial effects on the host's body and ability to survive in extreme pH and temperature conditions," said Koshchaev. "The result of my research work will be the development of technology for industrial cultivation of broiler chickens without the use of antimicrobials to improve poultry immunity and, as a result, to obtain environmentally-friendly products."

Koshchaev is a professor in the Department of Technology of Production and Processing of Agricultural Products.

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.

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