USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Ga., in which a researcher found new viruses in the intestinal track of poultry. The research project is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, www.uspoultry.org. The project summary is as follows.
Project #684: Molecular Characterization of Novel Enteric Viruses Circulating in Poultry in the United States
Dr. Michael Day at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, U.S. National Poultry Research Center recently completed a research project where he used the latest genetic techniques to determine which viruses occur in the intestinal tract of commercial poultry. He found novel viruses which had not yet been well characterized and developed assays to detect these viruses. This work is an important step toward understanding and controlling the viral enteric problems commonly seen in young broilers and turkeys.