Poultry Science Cluster III

Poultry Science Cluster III

Canada’s poultry sector has a $12 million investment in research projects as part of the third cluster funding – co-funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) as part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program. Projects will take place at 12 Canadian universities, two AAFC research station locations and involve more than 55 individual researchers. Research projects were selected that reflect the priorities of the Canadian poultry industry and Canadian consumers.

Projects in this five-year program are focused on:

  1. Antimicrobial Stewardship (nine activities)
  2. Food Safety (two activities)
  3. Poultry Health and Welfare (four activities)
  4. Sustainability (three activities).


1. Antimicrobial stewardship

Assessment of FAdV-9 based vectored vaccine expressing NetB antigen in protection against necrotic enteritis in chickens
Éva Nagy, University of Guelph

On-farm trials to validate encapsulated essential oils to control necrotic enteritis in broilers
Qi Wang, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Innovations in antimicrobial alternatives and stewardship in poultry production
Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph

Optimizing antibiotics free preventive strategy using vaccines and probiotics for controlling necrotic enteritis in chickens
Susantha Gomis, University of Saskatchewan

A comparative and subtractive reverse vaccinology approach to develop an in ovo vaccine against Clostridium perfringens
Martine Boulianne, University of Montreal

Investigations into synergistic effects of butyrate glycerides with plant extracts for reducing the use of antibiotics in chicken production
Joshua Gong, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Non-antibiotic control of bacterial infections in poultry
Mohammed Arshud Dar, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, University of Saskatchewan

Efficacy of new vaccine strategies to protect broiler chickens against necrotic enteritis
Martine Boulianne, University of Montreal

Antimicrobials not antibiotic based platform to treat S. enteriditis infection in laying hens
Marya Ahmed, University of Prince Edward Island

2. Food Safety

Rationale-based mitigation of relevant Campylobacter jejuni strains within the broiler production continuum
Doug Inglis, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Bacteriophage intervention during poultry carcass chilling and packaging to control Campylobacter and Salmonella contamination
Hany Anany, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

3. Poultry Health and Welfare

Mitigation of intestinal inflammation for poultry and production health
Doug Inglis, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The impact of stocking density on performance, health, and welfare of turkey hens
Karen Schwean-Lardner, University of Saskatchewan

Towards the determination of the level of dietary phosphorus and calcium in pullets and laying hens that will optimize body mineral status, maximize the performance, longevity, welfare and the industry sustainability
Marie-Pierre Létourneau Montminy, Laval University

Identifying developmental determinants of successful behavioural adaptation and musculoskeletal health of egg-laying hens
Tina Widowski, University of Guelph

4. Sustainability

Perinatal feeding of epidermal growth factor to enhance development and maintenance of a functional intestinal tract for improved growth and efficiency in poultry
Elijah Kiarie, University of Guelph

Assessment of impact of Canadian Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) variants on egg production and fertility of chickens
Mohamed Faizal Abdul Careem, University of Calgary

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

Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT)

Knowledge and technology transfer of poultry cluster research discoveries
Poultry Industry Council