USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at Auburn University on research that advances the understanding of vaccination against Arkansas Infectious Bronchitis. The project is part of USPOULTRY's comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.
Led by Dr. van Ginkel, Auburn University, researchers studied the immune response to Arkansas infectious bronchitis virus (ARK IBV). Despite widespread vaccination, ARK IBV continues to sporadically cause disease in U.S. broilers. The researchers found that tiny changes in the structure of the virus allow it to evade the immune system of the chicken. This research helps explain the cause of apparent vaccine failures and may lead to improved vaccines in the future.
A complete report, along with information on other association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY's website.