Irish research on Campylobacter free chicken
Researchers at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland have identified genes in chickens that seem to boost their immunity to Campylobacter.
The researchers are hopeful that their findings will be widely used in future breeding programmes.
Campylobacter causes minimal problems for chickens, but is often found in poultry meat and is a common cause of food poisoning in humans.
The Comparative Immunology Group at Trinity College, led by Professor Cliona O’Farrelly, has previously shown that chickens have a high degree of genetic diversity to help them fight a variety of infections.
The research findings, which are being collated by Teagasc, could prove invaluable in protecting the [Irish] poultry industry.
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