USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Connecticut in which researchers investigated full-length genetic characterization for the design of improved vaccines for efficient control of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV). The research was made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Koch Foods and is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A summary of the completed project is below.

Dr. Dong-Hun Lee and associates at the University of Connecticut recently completed a research study with the primary goal of conducting full-length genetic characterization of circulating DMV1639 strains and their evolutionary dynamics in North America to reveal the dynamics of spread and evolution. Researchers produced full-length genome sequences of circulating DMV1639 viruses, including variant strains produced by multiple recombination. The full-length genome sequences could provide better insight into the possible mechanism of the viral pathotype change and design of improved vaccines for efficient control of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV).

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