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Project Goals

We have 10 project teams addressing the grant goals.

Broiler Health

Goal 1: Devise novel approaches for controlling necrotic enteritis and coccidiosis in broiler chickens.

Team Expertise: Hyun Lillejoj - immunologist; Kumar Venkitanarayanan - microbiologist; Shankumar Mooyottu - microbiologist; Chandra Tangudu - molecular biologist; Yewande Fasina - microbiologist.


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Novel Feed Ingredients for Broiler Production

Goal 2: Identify novel alternative feed ingredients and probiotics to promote growth and enhance sustainability of broiler production.

Team Expertise: Mary Anne Amalaradjou - microbiologist; John Boney - poultry nutrition; Annie Donoghue, Komala Arsi, Anup Kollanoor Johny - poultry microbiology; Maria Guadalupe Rojas and Juan Morales-Ramos -  entomology.


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Broiler Welfare

Goal 3: Develop strategies to promote bird welfare in intensive broiler production.

Team Expertise: Tom Porter and Sami Dridi - poultry heat stress; Michael Czarick and Brian Fairchild - poultry housing and agricultural engineering; Shawna Weimer, Wayne Martin, Philip Moore - animal behavior; Raghava Kommalapati - air quality; Gregory P Martin - Extension Poultry Educator; Monique Pairis-Garcia - animal welfare and veterinary science.


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Broiler Meat Safety

Goal 4: Enhance broiler meat safety by controlling Salmonella and Campylobacter in chickens.

Team Expertise: Annie Donoghue, Komala Arsi, Kumar Venkitanarayanan, and Abhinav Upadhyay - poultry microbiology; Yangchao Luo - nanotechnology.


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Mitigate Antimicrobial Resistance Dissemination in Broiler Production

Goal 5: Delineate the bacterial resistome in poultry production environment for developing strategies for reducing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) spread.

Team Expertise: Sid Thakur - molecular epidemiology with AMR experience in food animal production and whole-genome sequencing; Rocio Crespo and Luke Borst - poultry veterinary medicine.


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Consumer Education

Goal 6: Conduct consumer outreach on sustainability and poultry meat from ABR broiler production.

Team Expertise: Anne Fanatico - sustainable agriculture and food systems; Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang - local and regional food systems; Anup Kollanoor Johny - poultry research and education; Chery Smith - community nutrition and education; Wayne Martin - outreach with local producers and consumers.


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Industry and Stakeholder Outreach

Goal 7: Develop, communicate and evaluate a comprehensive outreach program to educate poultry farmers and other stakeholders, including 4-H youth on sustainable methods of ABR poultry production.

Team Expertise: Indu Upadhyaya, Gregory Martin, John Boney, Michael Czarick, Brian Fairchild, Anne Fanatico, Jonathan Moyle, and Wayne Martin - poultry extension; Anup Kollanoor Johny - poultry microbiology.


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Empowering Future Workforce for Sustainable Broiler Production

Goal 8: Educate and equip the future agricultural workforce with the knowledge and skills for sustainable broiler production.

Team Expertise: Anne Fanatico, Anup Kollanoor Johny, Abhinav Upadhyay, and Sarah Bramall - teaching.


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Recycling of Poultry Litter

Goal 9: Develop strategies for improved poultry litter recycling.

Team Expertise: Raghava Kommalapati - life-cycle impacts of power generation and biofuel production; Amanda Ashworth - management practices on manure management; Praveen Kolar - waste management technologies and converting agricultural wastes into nitrogen-doped carbons for energy applications.


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Socio-economic-environmental Assessment

Goal 10: Assess the socio-economic-environmental impact of proposed interventions using a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis.

Team Expertise: Chyi-Lyi (Kathleen) Liang - input/output analysis and production/consumption integrated system analysis; Kathryn Boys - agribusiness and agricultural marketing.


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