USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in which researchers developed a mobile system that can inactivate avian influenza virus. The research was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from West Liberty Foods and 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 may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, The project summary is as follows.

Project #BRU008: Analysis of Poultry Gasification Parameters for Elimination of Avian Flu Exposed Birds and Manure
(Dr. Albert Ratner, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa)


A research project was recently completed by Professor Albert Ratner and colleagues in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Iowa. They developed the design for a mobile system to heat poultry carcasses and manure to inactivate avian influenza virus. This system could be utilized during an avian influenza outbreak to quickly help eliminate the virus from infected farms and better contain the spread of an outbreak.

The research summary can be found on the USPOULTRY website, Information on other Association research may also be obtained by visiting the website.