We have 10 project teams addressing the grant goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.