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Antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance remains a hot topic both in animal and human health. Increased awareness of the problem has brought some welcome changes in our use of antibiotics in animals. For instance, the use of antibiotics critically important for human medicine such as extended-spectrum cephalosporins (ESCs) has now been discontinued in poultry. This has resulted in […]

A new antibiotic resistance gene in Salmonella isolated from broiler chickens

Dr. Moussa Diarra’s laboratory previously described Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg isolates harboring a chromosomal gene cluster similar to the glutathione S-transferase gene, a putative fosA gene conferring resistance to fosfomycin. Here, we show that this new gene, named fosA7, confers resistance to fosfomycin. The introduction of fosA7 into the fosfomycin-susceptible Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis resulted […]

New portable sensor detects food allergens in minutes

By Jane Robinson Ag Innovation Ontario   Guelph – An estimated 2.5 million Canadians report an allergy to at least one food, according to Food Allergy Canada. Peanut allergies alone affect the lives of approximately two in every 100 Canadian children. As the list of food allergens continues to grow, there is a genuine need […]

Farmers and consumers chicken out on antibiotics

Canadians are eating chicken at record levels but have a complicated relationship with the way our poultry is produced. Farmers are addressing the problem. By: Owen Roberts Toronto Metro News Consumers have a conflicted relationship with chicken produced in this country. On one hand, chicken is being devoured at record levels. In the past five […]

Probiotics against pathogens in poultry

bu Emmy Koeleman Editor: All About Feed & Dairy Global Researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, are studying probiotics as an alternative to traditional antimicrobials to combat pathogens in poultry. Over the last decade, Dr Shayan Sharif’s lab at the University of Guelph has been involved in developing probiotic formulations against Salmonella. […]

Antimicrobial stewardship focus of poultry research day

Collaboration and innovations surrounding antimicrobial stewardship were the focus of a recent poultry research day at the University of Guelph. Featuring a panel of industry and academic experts, the recent Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day brought together researchers, industry, government, and producer representatives to discuss this timely topic. The discussion comes at an […]

U of G Prof Taking Part in Parliament Hill ‘Research Matters’ Event

A University of Guelph professor will take part in an event on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill Wednesday designed to highlight the impact of university research and innovation. Shayan Sharif, a professor in the Department of Pathobiology, is among a group of Ontario researchers selected for a “Research Matters Pop-Up.” Research Matters is a provincial awareness-building campaign […]

2017 PHRN Research Day

PHRN recently held its 3rd Annual Research on April 24th, 2017. The event had 125 attendees representing from various poultry sectors including academia, industry and government. The focus theme of this event was on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Poultry Production. The day’s program included brief presentations by the University of Guelph students and postdocs followed by […]

Million-Dollar Research Studies Aim to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Two University of Guelph researchers will use new federal funding to look at growing microbial resistance to drugs in hopes of stemming the trend. Patrick Boerlin and Scott Weese, both pathobiology professors in the Ontario Veterinary College, will receive close to $600,000 in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to look at the […]

Support for PHRN

A recent donation to the University of Guelph’s (UofG) Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) will further enhance research and outreach opportunities connected to this hub of poultry research excellence. UofG alumni Vic Parks and his wife, Uta, have generously donated almost $40,000 to be used in the area of most need for the PHRN. “The […]

Respecting Research Animals

Article from Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph Working with animals in scientific research is a necessity that many modern researchers cannot ignore. From behavior studies to the creation of animal models, the use of animals can penetrate a broad range of scientific disciplines. The work itself is often pleasurable for both researcher and participant but […]

Profs Among Canadian Experts Providing ‘Food Facts’

Prof. John Prescott Prof. Alison Duncan Two leading researchers from the University of Guelph, Profs. Alison Duncan and John Prescott, are among 10 Canadian scientists who have joined a free online resource for consumers called Best Food Facts. It’s the Canadian version of an American service that had more than 800,000 visitors last year. Consumers […]

Call for Nominations for the 2016 Ed McKinlay Poultry Worker award

Poultry Worker Award Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Ed McKinlay Poultry Worker of the Year Award.  Nominations have been extended and will remain open until March 1, 2017.Annually, the Poultry Industry Council recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the poultry industry. The criteria are very broad. Quite simply […]

Connecting Farmers to Researchers

Poultry Industry Council has launched a farm research sites page to help connect poultry researchers looking for research participants with farmers interested in taking part in current studies. Farm Research Sites Wanted Interested in Participating in On-farm research? We’re looking for commercial broiler farms to allow weekly visits by University of Guelph representative. Fresh feces […]

Wild turkeys are not scapegoats for avian disease in Ontario

A lot of angst is simmering in farm circles about the potential for disease to spread between wildlife and domestic livestock, such as poultry. The concerns are warranted, given how quickly disease can race through a herd and create huge losses. But new research from the University of Guelph into the health status of Ontario […]

Funding opp-2016 SPARK Program: Microbiome Competition

Purpose With the SPARK program, Ontario Genomics seeks to provide investigators with catalytic funding to enable them to initiate novel, high-impact, and innovative early-stage projects in the genomic sciences. The focus of this year’s competition is microbiomes. The intent of the SPARK 2016 competition is to catalyze new research directions and support innovative genomics-based projects […]

U of G Receives Nearly $77 Million to Launch ‘Food From Thought’

The University of Guelph has received $76.6 million from the federal government to start a “digital revolution” in food and agriculture. The government is investing in U of G’s Food From Thought research project, which will use high-tech information systems to help produce enough food for a growing human population while sustaining the Earth’s ecosystems. […]

PHRN Researchers in the News

Chicken Farmers of Canada News Researcher Profiles For the past four years now, Chicken Farmers of Canada have been implementing an antimicrobial use strategy that focuses on 5 elements, one of which is researching and determining the availablility of antibiotic alternative products. This has been an on-going effort through the Canadian Poultry Research Council. To […]

Best Poster Awards for Bionano Students

Bionanolab undergraduate students have won major research prizes at the 2016 annual CPES Undergraduate poster session held at the Science Complex of the University of Guelph on Friday, August 5.  Over 40 posters were presented by the summer students who worked on various research projects from the 5 departments of the College of Physical & […]