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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 & […]

Poultry Welfare Research at University of Guelph

A Day in the Life of Patrick Birkl, PhD Student Patrick is a PhD student in the Department of Animal Biosciences who studies animal welfare, specifically poultry welfare, with his advisor Prof. Alexandra Harlander who is also a PHRN member. Patrick’s research focuses on understanding the causes of feather pecking in laying hens and how […]

Poultry Welfare Center receives funding

The University of Guelph’s Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare (CCSAW) has received a $125,000 donation for studies of turkey welfare. The donation from Hybrid Turkeys, a leading supplier of the world’s turkey genetics, will support research to learn how animals perceive and respond to their environments and handling techniques. A poultry welfare […]

PHRN Prof Tina Widowski in the news

The cage-free egg trend: Is it just a shell game? Source: Read here Excerpt from the news article: “There’s a downside to taking birds out of their cages,” says Tina Widowski, the Egg Farmers of Canada research chair in poultry welfare at the University of Guelph, “in that they’re free, but they’re also free to get […]

PHRN Research Day in the NEWS

Collaboration a key theme of poultry research day Posted: April 4, 2016 OVC Bulletin AG ANNEX and Farms.com Connections and collaboration were a key theme during the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day at the University of Guelph last week. The research day brought together representatives from government, industry and academia to provide updates […]

PHRN Research Day (March 29, 2016) Photo-Gallery Connections and collaboration were a key theme during the Poultry Health Research Network (PHRN) Research Day at the University of Guelph last week. The research day brought together representatives from government, industry and academia to provide updates on current research and prompt discussion for future collaborations. During the […]

PHRN Prof. Tina Widowski talks about cage-free eggs…

Prof. Tina Widowski, Animal Biosciences, was quoted in a Feb. 5th  Toronto Star Story . The article focussed on a recent decision by two major restaurant chains to use only eggs from cage-free hens. Widowski discussed the various ways eggs are sourced in Canada and associated animal welfare issues.  She is the director of U […]