Beneficial bacteria prevents poultry illnesses
Researchers at the University of
Guelph say that beneficial bacteria, called probiotics, reduce illness-causing
bacteria when fed to chickens, thereby promoting health and
A team led by Professor Shayan Sharif
, Department of Pathobiology, is
studying the effect of probiotics on chickens' intestinal linings, to determine
how the bacteria interact with Salmonella
, as well as how the overall health of the animal is
influenced. Sharif aims to promote probiotics as a health-management tool for
â€œOnce we understand how probiotics reduce Salmonella, the impact will go
beyond academic achievement to become a valuable tool in the industry. Producers
will have a way to prevent illness in chickens, and the risk of food poisoning
from poultry products will fall,â€ said Sharif.
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