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Population level biomarkers of gut health in commercial flocks

Robust and practical biomarkers to assess gut health and important gut pathogens in chicken flocks could be used to ensure widespread and rational implementation and evaluation of disease prevention strategies and a reduction in the therapeutic use of antibiotics. To achieve this, this project will assess the usefulness of population (chicken flock) level monitoring of necrotic enteritis and coccidiosis based on the use of biomarker testing of dust samples. The research will provide a clear determination of the potential of dust and faeces analysis to predict flock health status. Findings from this work will have important implications for managing flock health by providing applied tools for assessing disease status, particularly subclinical disease where few or no practical tools currently exist.

Project date

30 Jun 2019-24 Jun 2021
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Principal investigator

Priscilla Gerber

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Alternative protein Aquaculture Cereal grains Cross industry Essential oils Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains

AgriFutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia proudly focuses on building a rich future for Australian agriculture. We live and work in the regions and …

Multiple industries
Alternative protein Aquaculture Cereal grains Cross industry Essential oils Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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