Poultry Science Cluster I

Poultry Science Cluster I


The Poultry Science Cluster was initiated in 2010. The Cluster brings together expertise from across the country to tackle some important research issues for the industry.

Activities within the Cluster can be divided into three main themes, which align with national research priorities:

  • The biology and control of gut-borne bacterial diseases in poultry
  • Biology and control of avian influenza in poultry
  • Innovative production technologies and practices for Canada’s poultry sector

The research is divided into 12 core activities led by 21 principal scientists and a number of support personnel from the following institutions:

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization

Research activities within the Cluster, including reporting, are scheduled for completion March 31, 2013. This document summarizes progress made to the end of year 2 (March 31, 2012).

Major funding for the Cluster comes from the Growing Canadian Agri-Innovations Program, a $158 million five-year program announced in May 2009 to support industry-led science and technology projects. The program is delivered nationally by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) as part of the federal commitment to Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative designed to support the productivity, profitability and competitiveness of our agriculture industry. CPRC is contributing $589,000 towards the research over three years. Coupled with the funds from AAFC ($1.8 million) and those from other industry organizations ($170,000) and government offices ($293,000) plus in-kind contributions, the total Cluster budget exceeds $3 million.


1. The biology and control of gut-borne bacterial diseases in poultry


The pathogenesis and control of necrotic enteritis in broiler chickens

John Prescott, University of Guelph



Development of Salmonella Enteritidis vaccine for layers and breeding hens

Martine Boulianne, University of Montreal



Use of encapsulated essential oils for controlling enteric bacterial pathogens in chickens

Joshua Gong, Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada


2. Biology and control of avian influenza in poultry


Determining the molecular basis of adaptation of influenza viruses from their natural reservoir to domestic poultry

Yohannes Berhane, Canadian Food Inspection Agency



Study of transmission of avian influenza virus

Jiewen Guan, Canadian Food Inspection Agency



Immune response to avian influenza virus

Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph



Developing novel vaccines against avian influenza virus

38.1: Éva Nagy, University of Guelph

38.2: Suresh Tikoo, VIDO

38.3: Dele Ogunremi, Canadian Food Inspection Agency



3. Innovative production technologies and practices for Canada’s poultry sector


Maintaining leg and bone structure in commercial poultry

Doug Korver, University of Alberta



Assessing the behaviour and welfare of broiler breeders using alternative feeding strategies

Stephanie Torrey, Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada



Implications of toe clipping on the welfare of commercial turkeys

Hank Classen, University of Saskatchewan