USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., in which researchers may have found a way to improve future probiotics. The research 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 #F068: Validation of In Vivo Selective Cultivation of Probiotic Communities via Serial Transplants of the Chicken Cecal Microbiome
(Dr. Brian Oakley, Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.)
Dr. Brian Oakley and colleagues at the Western University of Health Sciences and the USDA Agricultural Research Service recently completed a research project in which they studied the effect of the transfer of intestinal contents from older chickens to chicks on growth and pathogen resistance. They found that that the inoculum improved both the growth and resistance to challenge with Campylobacter jejuni and Salmonella enteriditis. This project may provide a new pathway to development of improved probiotic products.