Researchers breed pathogen-resistant chickens

On a poultry farm, there’s no substitute for a strong biosecurity program when it comes to fighting pathogens. However, a new blood test for chickens could make farmers’ battles against bacteria a little easier.

The U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has developed a test that identifies roosters with naturally high levels of two immune response-boosting […]

Science: Campylobacter uses other microorganisms as a Trojan Horse to spread infection

Photo by Lassi Kurkijärvi | CC BY-NC 2.0

The Trojan Horse is a classic legend. Warring against the city of Troy, the ancient Greeks feigned surrender, leaving a peace offering of a giant wooden horse at the city gates. A force of soldiers was hiding inside the horse, and at night they slipped out […]

Report: Strong biosecurity helped limit avian flu in the U.S.

According to a new epidemiology report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), thorough biosecurity practices have helped to limit the number of avian flu outbreaks in the U.S. this year.

According to the report, the main reasons the disease spread in early 2017 were environmental, and the spread […]

Down on the farm: Biosecurity principles

Some of the scariest epidemics we hear about in the news aren’t just human infections — oftentimes, animals are the ones impacted.

But as we know, sick animals lead to sick humans. That’s why biosecurity is so important. The goals of a successful biosecurity plan are to keep animals healthy and to prevent the spread […]