Researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, are studying probiotics as an alternative to traditional antimicrobials to combat pathogens in poultry.
Researchers at the BBSRC strategically-funded Institute of Food Research have characterised the coat of a potential poultry probiotic, giving the first clues of how it may be used to exclude pathogenic bacteria from chickens.
Identifying antimicrobial proteins in chickens that kill pathogens is one method being used by US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists to find alternatives to the use of antibiotics to control infectious poultry diseases.
The University of Guelph has received a $1-million gift to enhance its capacity in poultry nutrition research, training and outreach.
Researchers have characterised the coating of a potential probiotic with the hope of explaining why it excludes pathogenic bacteria from poultry.