Research Programs

Three integrated Programs address the major challenge of meeting increasing demand for ‘clean and green' poultry products and maintaining food security in the face of climate change and population growth..

Research Program 1: Health & Welfare
Maintaining poultry health and enhancing bird welfare

Program manager: Dr John Lowenthal

Maintaining poultry health and enhancing bird welfare

The Poultry CRC's Health and Welfare program aims to maintain a sustainable, healthy and welfare conscious supply of poultry products despite newly emerging pathogens, increasing environmental concerns about production and changing consumer demands.

For many diseases, current vaccines fail to offer complete protection. Changes in production, including reduced reliance on antibiotics and increased use of free-range systems, require a complete reconsideration of protection strategies. The CRC brings together the world's best research and capability providers in diagnostics, animal health products and welfare to develop a holistic solution.

This program of highly integrated projects builds on the success of the first Poultry CRC, while adding key capabilities such as vaccine delivery methods, mass sequencing of antigens, and therapeutics.

Associated Projects

  • Towards commercialisation of a next-generation ILTV vaccine & differential ELISA
  • Vaccine against Clostridium perfringens to protect birds from necrotic enteritis
  • Vaccine strategies and interactions of attenuated coccidial vaccines
  • Rapid multiplex PCR assay for differentiating Pasteurella multocida serovars
  • Evaluation of high resolution melt curve analysis for detection of multiple strains in a single specimen
  • Characterising population structure and diversity of Australian Eimeria
  • In ovo modulation of female sex determination in layer chickens
  • Application of herpes viral vectors for in ovo delivery
  • Productivity indicators of broiler welfare
  • New approaches to assess welfare in free range laying hens

Research Program 2: Nutrition & Environment
Improving resource utilisation and reducing environmental impacts of poultry production

Program manager: Dr Tim Walker

Improving resource utilisation and reducing environmental impacts of poultry production

The Poultry CRC's Nutrition and Environment Program addresses resource utilisation and reduction of environmental impacts, including the emission of odours and greenhouse gases.

Associated Projects

  • Influence of betaine on embryo survival, hatchability and progeny performance
  • In ovo therapeutics to improve gut efficiency and health in the broiler chicken
  • Posthatch feed restriction effects on broiler muscle growth
  • Validation of qPCR assays targeting broiler performance
  • Identification of microbial and gut-related factors driving bird performance
  • Maximising spent litter fertiliser returns through nutrient and carbon management
  • Molecular detection and survival of viral pathogens in litter

Research Program 3: Safe & Quality Food Production
Controlling poultry product associated food safety issues and enhancing egg quality for consumers

Program manager: Dr Pat Blackall

Controlling poultry product associated food safety issues and enhancing egg quality for consumers

The Poultry CRC's Safe and Quality Food Production Program focuses on controlling food-borne illnesses related to poultry products (i.e., Campylobacter for chicken meat and Salmonella for eggs) and addresses inconsistency in egg quality.

Associated Projects

  • Phage-displayed peptides for controlling Campylobacter jejuni in poultry
  • In vivo evaluation in broilers of novel anti-Campylobacter compounds
  • Small molecule inhibitors as anti-Campylobacter jejuni agents
  • Vaccine to reduce Campylobacter colonisation in meat chickens
  • To improve the efficacy and safety of egg washing
  • Eggshell quality and risks of food borne pathogens
Program manager: Dr John LowenthalMaintaining poultry health and enhancing ...
Program manager: Dr Tim WalkerImproving resource utilisation and reducing e...
Program manager: Dr Pat BlackallControlling poultry product associated food...