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Scientific Communication

Anti-Nutritional Factors in Poultry Nutrition
In the future, major improvements in poultry nutrition are unlikely to come from the discovery of new nutrients or even the refining of nutrient requirements; rather, the  improve­ments in production efficiency which is the most desirable commercial objective, will depend on achiev­ing maximum nutrient utilization from feedstuffs. This would also enable the use of a larger range of feed ingredients, including those currently considered to be nutritionally inferior for one reason or another.»»

Effects of Lactic Acid in feed on the prevalence of Coliform bacteria and Salmonella in monogastrics.
The effect of feed form and acidification has been studied by many researchers in various tests. One of those studies have pointed that Salmonella positive weaners increased the risk of having a salmonella problem at finishing. It is therefore of great interest to examine the possibility of reducing infection pressure among pigs and poultry through the addition of organic acids in feeds.»»

Effects of the Interactions of Genetics and nutrition in poultry production
The performance capabilities of Laying hen and broiler chicken and their phenotypic manifestations in commercial and backyard situations is determined by the effects of both genetic and environmental factors. In poultry production, more so than other livestock systems, nutri­tional progress is intimately linked with genetic developments – correct nutrition gives opportunity for full expression of the genetic potential, and thus complementing genetic selection.»»

Practical programs for achieving sustainable coccidiosis control
Coccidiosis is an intestinal infection of chickens caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Eimeria. The disease causes catastrophic losses worldwide. Astute poultry growers will recognize coccidiosis when the birds appear depressed, have ruffled feathers and stop eating and drinking resulting in poor weight gain and feed conversion efficiency.  In some cases and depending on the Eimeria species involved, mortality may be significantly elevated.»»

WHO Fact Sheet on Avian influenza
Key facts
Avian influenza (AI), commonly called bird flu, is an infectious viral disease of birds.

Most avian influenza viruses do not infect humans; however some, such as A (H5N1) and A (H7N9), have caused serious infections in people.

Outbreaks of AI in poultry may raise global public health concerns due to their effect on poultry populations, their potential to cause serious disease in people, and their pandemic potential.