Non-antibiotic control of bacterial infections in poultry

Principal Investigator

Arshud Dar, University of Saskatchewan

Year the work was done


Overall objective

  • To develop and characterize non-antibiotics based in ovo and post hatch effective, safe and economical strategies for control of bacterial infections in poultry.

Specific objectives

  • To optimize proven in ovo effective non-antibiotic agents for control of Yolk Sac Infection and early chick mortality in chickens.
  • To characterize newly identified non-antibiotic reagents or combination of proven effective non-antibiotic reagents for treatment and reduction in colonization of foodborne pathogens.
  • Development of an in ovo and post hatch effective repertoire of non-antibiotic anti-infection agents as alternatives to antibiotics in chicken production.
  • Development of experimental infection model of necrotic enteritis and its prevention through in ovo administration of non-antibiotic reagents as a step towards complete replacement of antibiotics in poultry feed.
  • Evaluation of synergy or antagonism of in ovo administered new, non-antibiotic reagents with in ovo Marek’s disease vaccination.

This research applies to

Breeders, Broilers, Layers, Turkeys

This research was supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Poultry Research Council, Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund and Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan.