The USPOULTRY Foundation announces the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., that has clarified how blackhead disease spreads. 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 may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, The project summary is as follows.

Project #F067: Development of Molecular Tests and an In Vitro Assay to Identify Blackhead Disease Reservoirs and Sanitation Strategies
(Dr. Robert Beckstead, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.)


Dr. Robert Beckstead at North Carolina State University recently completed a research project in which he developed diagnostic assays needed for advancing the understanding of blackhead disease. His research shows clearly how the disease most likely spreads and clarifies which cleaning and disinfecting methods are effective in decontaminating facilities and equipment.

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