BEMB Trust awards pump priming finance to Professor M. J. Woodward at Reading University
Professor Woodward's objective is to develop and validate an artificial continuous flow chicken caecum established with flora from four time points across the laying bird's age profile. This objective aligns to his work on novel intervention strategies for the control of avian pathogenic E. coli.
Professor Woodward comments that little work has been done on the differences in the gut flora with age in poultry. Whilst it is well established that there are notable changes in the gut flora (increased Bacteroides and clostridia with age) little is being done experimentally on measures to retain the flora of early life and relate these to overall health and production benefits in older laying birds. An artificial gut system would offer an ideal screening tool for assessing the impacts of any dietary or in-feed measures.
Work on this project is starting on 1st May 2013 and should conclude a year later.
BEMB Trust awards pump priming finance to Dr T. Cogan at Bristol University
Dr Cogan wishes to confirm initial findings that a test compound kills chicken red mites, Dermanyssus gallinae. He wishes to establish a dose response curve, examine whether mites avoid walking on treated surfaces (any repellent properties and determine the effectiveness and persistency of the product when sprayed onto wood surfaces.
Dr. Cogan holds out the prospect that, if efficacy can be shown against red mites, this compound would be the first of a new class of drugs against which red mites do not have resistance.
Testing will start on 1st July, 2013, and should be finished by 30th September.
BEMB-sponsored PhD Student Luke Mappley (VLA, Weybridge) gains his doctorate
Luke Mappley, a PhD student sponsored by the BEMB Trust over the past four years for his project "Intervention strategies for avian spirochaetosis" has now published his thesis and been awarded his doctorate.
A synopsis of his thesis, written in lay language, can be seen here.
Dr. Mappley concludes on a positive note: "These findings introduce probiotics as a promising prophylactic treatment for AIS and we are now explioring the possibilities of developing L.reuteri LM1 for commercial use".
BEMB-sponsored Nuffield Farming Scholarship awarded to Sara Gibbins
The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust offers 20-22 travel Scholarships each year for subjects broadly related to agriculture. Applications are sought from individuals with vision and energy, looking to develop themselves and wanting to make a difference to farming, food and rural communities. Scholars are offered an opportunity to travel the globe and expand horizons, to pursue new ideas, methods and technologies. The BEMB Trust funds one of these Scholarships each year and the recipient would be someone already working in the egg industry with a proven record of leadership.
The application from Sara Gibbins was judged to meet these criteria perfectly and she has just received the BEMB Trust award. Sara is commercial director of Manton's egg processing business in Yorkshire, heading up all aspects of their sales and marketing. She plans to study "The effect of globalisation and changing dynamics on the egg processing industry".
Nuffield Poultry Study Group visits Turkey
BEMB Trust awards PhD Project sponsorship to Professor Tomley at RVC.
The Trustees at their meeting on 1st November studied the applications they had received in response to their offer to sponsor a PhD student/project for the period 2012-16. They were unanimous in selecting the submission received from Professor Fiona Tomley at RVC. Applications were judged on the basis of
- Good Science
- Relevance to the Current Problems of the
Egg Production Industry.
Professor Tomley's project is : "Control of poultry red mite: expression and administration of vaccine antigens to poultry in the protozoan parasite Eimeria tenella". Work will commence on 1st October 2012 and Professor Tomley has selected James Pritchard as her student.
BEMB Trust makes two awards for Pump Priming finance:
The BEMB Trustees at their meeting on 1st November studied the submissions received in response to their offer to sponsor a project suitable for pump priming finance. In view of the quality and relevance of the subjects submitted they decided to sponsor two projects.
One project chosen was “An investigation into the novel environment of commercial colony systems”, to be supervised by Dr Graham Scott of Harper Adams University College. The subject matter is highly topical as it deals with issues encountered in the new colony system of housing laying birds. Dr Scott plans to start work in December and it should be completed by the end of August.
The second award went - as per the PhD Project sponsorship above – to Professor Fiona Tomley. Her pilot study is again concerned with the current major scourge of the egg production industry, red mite : “Transcriptome and proteome resources for the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae”. Professor Tomley plans to start on the work as soon as mites are available in her lab. All data should be generated and ready for in depth analysis by August/September 2012.
Helen Houghton's Nuffield Study Tour report published on Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust's website
Helen Houghton was awarded a BEMB Trust-sponsored Nuffield Farming Scholarship at the beginning of 2010. The Award was for a study of :
Disease prevention in the chick embryo and young chick
Helen studied her subject in the USA, the Netherlands, China and India. She says that in the UK chick quality can be very variable and is dependent upon the health and management of the parent breeder flock, the number of hatching eggs available, the incubation of the embryo and then management of the vital first days of a chick's life.
She continues that good chick quality is crucial to optimise performance in both egg laying and meat producing breeds of chicken. The quality of the layer or broiler chicks that a commercial farmer buys can determine the economic performance of that flock. Uniform flocks are easier to manage, convert feed more efficiently and grow to a uniform defined slaughter weight to fulfil a meat contract or become uniform pullets that will respond consistently throughout the flock to light stimulation and come into lay to fulfil egg production contracts.
The foundation for a healthy chick is found in the parent breeder flock, the incubation of the embryo and then management of the vital first few days of life and Helen goes into detail about each stage.
Her full report may be read on http://www.nuffieldinternational.org/ Click on the Reports tab and then ensure you look for reports from UK Scholars in the year 2010. .