Research


Research Results


Projects marked with an asterisk (*) are part of the Poultry Science Cluster 2010-2013.

Projects marked with an asterisk (**) are part of the Poultry Science Cluster 2: 2013-2018.

Avian Gut Microbiology

Program Details

AMN001

Identification of gut bacteria affected by dietary antibiotics and their roles in the gut immunity of broiler chickens
Joshua Gong, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph

AMN002

Molecular epidemiology of necrotic enteritis
Patrick Boerlin, University of Guelph

AMN003

Carbohydrase enzyme supplements as growth promoters and modulators of the intestinal microflora of the chicken: The prebiotic and probiotic effect of enzyme hydrolysis products
Bogdan Slominski and Gregory Blank, University of Manitoba

AMN004

Understanding how Campylobacter jejuni colonizes poultry
Brenda Allan, Vaccine & Infectious Disease Organization

AMN023

The use of cyclic-di-GMP, a novel immunotherapeutic and antibacterial molecule in chickens
Moussa Diarra, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and François Malouin, Université de Sherbrooke

AMN024

Investigation into cell-cell signaling in Clostridium perfringens infection for developing a novel disease-control strategy
Joshua Gong, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

AMN025

Engineered antibodies and phage products for food safety applications
Christine Szymanski, University of Alberta

AMN027

Elucidation of critical characteristics of Clostridium perfringens and pathogen-host-environment interactions defining susceptibility of poultry to necrotic enteritis
Andrew Olkowski and Bernard Laarveld, University of Saskatchewan

AMN030

Development of live-attenuated vaccines to prevent Campylobacter colonization in poultry
Byeonghwa Jeon, University of Alberta

AMN043

Evaluation of vacuum post pellet-applications of bioactives of broiler feed on efficacy and protected delivery
Tom Scott, Univerisity of Saskatchewan

AMN045

Formulation and delivery of immunostimulatory oligodeoxynucleotides containing CpG motifs (CpG-ODN) with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) against poultry diseases
Susantha Gomis, University of Saskatchewan

AMN046

Effect of two prebiotics on gut microflora in healthy and Salmonella challenged broilers
Xin Zhao, McGill University

AMN047

Surveillance of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in antimicrobial-free and conventional broilers in Ontario – a pilot project
Michele Guerin, University of Guelph

AMN048

Stimulation of innate immune system for the control of poultry respiratory viral infections
Faizal Abdul Careem, University of Calgary

AMN053

Development of probiotic formulations with immune enhancing activities for chickens
Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph

AMN059

The impact of reducing mycotoing in poultry feed on the natural defense against disease
Natacha Hogan, University of Saskatchewan

AMN060

Control of Campylobacter jejuni in chickens by vaccination
Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph

**AMN065

Evaluation of butyrate glycerides for developing an alternative to dietary antimicrobials in poultry
Joshua Gong, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada

**AMN066

Alternative antimicrobials from chicken blood
Max Hincke, University of Ottawa

**AMN067

Development of an enzyme/yeast-based prebiotic for poultry
Bogdan Slominski, University of Manitoba

**AMN068

Non-antibiotic control of bacterial infection
Mohammed Arshud Dar, University of Saskatchewan

AMN081

Delivery of immunostimulatory oligodeoxynucleotides containing CpG motifs to broiler chickens as an alternative to antibiotics
Susantha Gomis, University of Saskatchewan

AMN086

Microbiome manipulations of the chicken GI tract as a route to maintain poultry health
John Parkinson, Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto

AMN088

Induction of adaptive immunity against respiratory viruses using in ovo delivered innate immune stimulants
Mohamed Faizal Abdul Careem, University of Calgary

AMN092

Farm-level surveillance of antimicrobial use and resistance in turkey flocks in Ontario, a pilot
Patrick Boerlin, University of Guelph; Agnes Agunos, Public Health Agency of Canada

AMN095

Nutritional regulation of genes associated with avian B cell receptors involved in innate and adaptive immunity
Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Lecompte, University of Prince Edward Island

Environment

Program Details

ENV006

Distribution uniformity and emission reduction potential of a precision applicator for surface and sub-surface land application of poultry manure
Claude Laguë, P.Eng., Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan (Dr. Laguë is currently Dean and Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa)

ENV007

Development of a Dynamic Model of Ca and P flows in Layers
James France, University of Guelph

ENV008

Activity-specific workplace exposures of poultry barn workers
A. (Sentil) Senthilselvan, University of Alberta

ENV009

Reducing pollution from veterinary pharmaceuticals in agricultural runoff from poultry manure
Shiv Prasher, McGill University

ENV026

Protein-based biomaterials from spent hens
Jianping Wu, University of Alberta

ENV029

Assessment of concentrations and emissions of airborne pollutants at various poultry operations
Bill Van Heyst, University of Guelph

ENV049

Evaluation of phosphorus utilization by broilers using different approaches
James France, University of Guelph

ENV056

Biopolymer-based nanocomposites from poultry industry byproducts for packaging applications
Aman Ullah, University of Alberta

**ENV074

Evaluation of control strategies to reduce emissions of particulate matter and ammonia from poultry operations
Bill Van Heyst, University of Guelph

**ENV076

Determining the genetic relationships between feed efficiency, production traits and greenhouse gas (NH3, N2O, CO2, and CH4) emissions in turkeys
Ben Wood, Hybrid Turkeys (Hendrix Genetics)/University of Guelph

**ENV077

Validation of a new LED light bulb designed for the egg-laying industry
Grégoy Bédécarrats, University of Guelph

ENV082

Optimize and scale-up preparation of spent hen adhesive
Jianping Wu, University of Alberta

ENV090

Assessment of an air treatment system for enhanced environmental and biosecurity measures on a broiler operation
Bill Van Heyst, University of Guelph

Food Safety & Poultry Health

Program Details

FSQ011

Immunization of broiler chickens against necrotic enteritis
John Prescott, University of Guelph

FSQ012

Immunology of T cell-mediated immune response to avian influenza virus in the chicken
Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph

FSQ014

Development of second generation RNA interference constructs against avian influenza virus
Serguei Golovan and Grégoy Bédécarrats, University of Guelph

FSQ015

Novel multivalent vaccines for avian health
Éva Nagy, University of Guelph

*FSQ032

The pathogenesis and control of necrotic enteritis in broiler chickens
John Prescott, University of Guelph

*FSQ033

Development of Salmonella Enteritidis vaccine for layers and breeding hens
Martine Boulianne, University of Montreal

*FSQ034

Use of encapsulated essential oils for controlling enteric bacterial pathogens in chickens
Joshua Gong, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

*FSQ035

Determining the molecular basis of adaptation of influenza viruses from their natural reservoir to domestic poultry
Yohannes Berhane, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

*FSQ036

Study of transmission of avian influenza virus
Jiewen Guan, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

*FSQ037

Immune response to avian influenza virus
Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph

*FSQ038.1

Developing novel vaccines against AIV and exploring efficient delivery systems for these vaccines
Éva Nagy, University of Guelph

*FSQ038.2

Developing novel vaccines against AIV and exploring efficient delivery systems for these vaccines
Suresh Tikoo, VIDO-Intervac

*FSQ038.3

Developing novel vaccines against AIV and exploring efficient delivery systems for these vaccines
Dele Ogunremi, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

**FSQ061

Understanding and controlling necrotic enteritis in broiler chickens
John Prescott, University of Guelph

**FSQ062

Assessment of Clostridium perfringens pili in vaccine development for controlling necrotic enteritis in chickens
Joshua Gong, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada

**FSQ063

Development of novel and rational vaccine formulations against avian influenza virus infection in chickens
Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph

**FSQ064

Assessment and mitigation of contamination risks: critical knowledge to reduce diseases and increase biosecurity compliance
Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt, University of Montreal

FSQ083

A novel necrotic enteritis vaccine strategy: type IV pilus of Clostridium perfringens
Martine Boulianne, University of Montreal

Novel Feedstuffs

Program Details

NFS028

Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) as a potential source of immunostimulatory and growth promoting activity for poultry
Bogdan Slominski, University of Manitoba

NFS042

Nutritive Evaluation of Cold-Pressed Meals for Broiler Chickens
Derek Anderson, Nova Scotia Agricultural College

NFS044

The economic advantages of processing on feed value of alternative ingredients for turkeys
Tom Scott, University of Saskatchewan

Poultry Welfare & Behaviour

Program Details

PWB017

Engineering, animal welfare and meat quality considerations of broiler transportation in a heated and ventilated vehicle
Trever Crowe, University of Saskatchewan

PWB018

Improving welfare for beak trimmed hens through reducing variability and technology transfer
Hank Classen, University of Saskatchewan

PWB019

Effect of lighting programs on leg weakness and bird welfare in modern commercial broilers
Hank Classen, University of Saskatchewan

PWB020

Evaluation of alternative methods of euthanasia for cull turkeys
Tina Widowski, University of Guelph

PWB021

Impact of ammonia on welfare of laying hens, and implications for the environment
Steve Leeson and Tina Widowski, University of Guelph

*PWB039

Maintaining leg and bone structure in commercial poultry
Doug Korver, University of Alberta

*PWB040

Assessing the behaviour and welfare of broiler breeders using alternative feeding strategies
Stephanie Torrey, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (at University of Guelph)

*PWB041

Implications of toe clipping on the welfare of commercial turkeys
Hank Classen, University of Saskatchewan

PWB050

Investigating methods of assessing bird wetness as a means to determine fitness for transport
Trever Crowe, University of Saskatchewan

PWB051

Daylength and its impact on turkey welfare and productivity
Hank Classen, University of Saskatchewan

PWB052

Identification of risk factors during broiler transportation that influence injury and mortality
Michael Cockram, University of Prince Edward Island

PWB054

Is feather pecking in turkeys related to genetics and activity levels?
Ben Wood, University of Guelph/ Hybrid Turkeys

**PWB069

Epigenetic transfer of behaviour and stress susceptibility in the laying hens: Influence of rearing and housing of different strains of parent stock on offspring phenotype
Tina Widowski, University of Guelph

**PWB070

Development of flight and locomotion in laying hens
Alexandra Harlander-Matauschek, University of Guelph

**PWB071

Improving foot pad quality in commercial broilers: benchmarking and practical strategies
Clover Bench, University of Alberta

**PWB072

Study of the impact of various stocking densities on the performance, health and welfare of turkey broilers and heavy turkeys
Karen Schwean-Lardner, University of Saskatchewan

**PWB073

The influence of extreme temperature on turkey physiology, welfare, and meat quality
Trever Crowe, University of Saskatchewan

**PWB075

Impact of ammonia on the welfare of poultry
Alexandra Harlander-Matauschek, University of Guelph

PWB078

Optimizing Lighting for Precision Broiler Breeder Feeding
Martin Zuidhof, University of Alberta and Grégoy Bédécarrats, University of Guelph

PWB079

Assessing methods for on-farm euthanasia of turkeys, chickens, breeders, and layers
Tina Widowski, University of Guelph

PWB080

Alternative feeding strategies for broiler breeders
Tina Widowski, University of Guelph

PWB084

Does infrared beak treatment Impact young pullets – behaviour, water consumption, and ability to peck?
Karen Schwean-Lardner, University of Saskatchewan

PWB089

Evaluation of Rapid Diagnostic Assay for Avian Influenza to the Point of Care Setting
Suresh Neethirajan, University of Guelph

PWB091

Determining the potential conservation and regeneration of chicken and turkey breeds using adult gonadal tissue
Carl Lessard, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Ad hoc

Program Details

AGA010

Cryopreservation of Canada’s Remaining Avian Germplasm
Fred Silversides, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

AGA031

Cryogenic storage and efficient recovery of avian genetic material
Fred Silversides, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

CTM022

Use of dietary thyroxine as an alternative molting procedure in turkey breeder hens
Grégoy Bédécarrats, University of Guelph

UAB005

The impact of timing of protein intake and growth patterns on reproductive efficiency in broiler breeder females
Frank Robinson, University of Alberta

UAB055

Effect of incubator temperature and breeder flock age in two broiler strains on embryonic overheating
Doug Korver, University of Alberta

UAB057

Establishing a production system for long-chain ω-3 PUFA Enrichment of table eggs using a novel high-stearidonic acid flax
Doug Korver, University of Alberta

UAB085

Lifetime productivity of precision- and conventionally-fed broiler breeders
Martin Zuidhof, University of Alberta