Research activities associated with commercial poultry production in Australia are funded from a variety of sources, including the poultry industries. Organisations such as the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Chicken Meat Program, the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) and the Poultry CRC then allocate these funds into key research areas. Research is conducted at both state and federal agencies and university institutions.

Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL)

AECL makes investments in research and development on behalf of the Australian egg industry and the community as a whole. Many basic research projects are supported indirectly through the Poultry CRC. Approximately one in every four dollars spent by AECL on research is administered under the stewardship of the Poultry CRC. AECL’s R&D Program is listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR) under Commonwealth Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry schemes.

» Visit the AECL website for information on current and completed projects

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Chicken Meat Program

Through focused R&D, the RIRDC Chicken Meat Program supports increased sustainability and profitability in the chicken meat industry. The program is funded by statutory levies paid by industry participants. This levy revenue is matched by RIRDC at up to 0.5 per cent of gross value of production (GVP). RIRDC is an essential participant in the second term Poultry CRC and will both invest in the CRC’s R&D activities and jointly invest in R&D with the CRC. The Chicken Meat Program will also collaborate with other rural R&D corporations.

» See RIRDC website: Completed Projects & Research in Progress

» See RIRDC website: Archived Research in Progress reports

Poultry Cooperative Research Centre (Poultry CRC)

The Poultry CRC has three integrated Research Programs that address the major challenges of meeting the increasing demand for ‘clean and green’ poultry products and maintaining food security in the face of climate change and population growth.

» See Poultry CRC website: Research Programs

Research projects: 2003 – 2009 (under the first round Australian Poultry CRC)

Final reports (where available) for these research projects will be made available by the links below in the near future

  • A new virulence factor in Clostridium perfringens causing Necrotic Enteritis in chickens – a route to vaccine development (Keyburn and Rood at Monash University funded by Poultry CRC – project 07-15)
  • Alternatives to beak trimming (Glatz at SARDI and Hinch at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 07-17)
  • Beak Trimming Handbook (Glatz at SARDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-22)
  • Boosting innate immunity (Bean at CSIRO Livestock Industries funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-16c)
  • Broiler chicken skeletal integrity and incubation (Groves at USyd funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-24)
  • Chicken meat welfare audit (Barnett at Animal Welfare Science Centre funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-20)
  • Determining Egg Production Exposure to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (Crossan at AECL funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-07)
  • Developing novel antigen delivery systems; ILTV as a vaccine vector (Devlin at UoM funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-28)
  • Development and optimization of assays to study broiler mucin dynamics (Hynd at SARDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-21)
  • Development of the Environmental Program (Ian Farran funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-29)
  • Diagnostics and surveillance of infectious bronchitis (Sapats at CSIRO Livestock Industries funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-33)
  • Dietary manipulation post hatch (Iji at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-04)
  • Digesta reflux on bird health and performance (Iji at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 04-04)
  • Discovering possible vaccine targets for necrotic enteritis (Rood at Monash funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-25)
  • Dust and odour emissions from poultry sheds (Dunlop at DEEDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 04-45)
  • Dustbath materials for health and welfare in layers (Svihus at Norwegian University of Life Sciences funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-27)
  • Egg shell quality with special focus on translucency and product safety in the Australian egg industry (Chousalkar and Cheetham at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-01)
  • Eimeria species diagnostics based on non-nuclear genetic markers (Morgan at DEEDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-27)
  • Eimeria vaccines (Gasser at The University of Melbourne and Bioproperties funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-15)
  • Further development of non-invasive stress measures (Engel at UoM funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-30)
  • Genomics-based technology for new health products (Moore at CSIRO Livestock Industries funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-16a)
  • Gut microflora development and impact on life-long health and performance (Torok at SARDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 06-25)
  • Human-animal relationships in layers (Hemsworth at Animal Welfare Science Centre funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-19)
  • Improving control of colibacillosis using genomic information (Marenda at The University of Melbourne funded by Poultry CRC – project 07-08)
  • Insects as poultry food (Andrews at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-23)
  • Investigating the basis of variable bird performance (Moore at CSIRO funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-20)
  • Investigations into a novel recombinanat vaccine to control infectious laryngotracheitis (Devlin at UoM funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-06)
  • Isolation and titration of selected avian pathogens in cell culture (Renz at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-26)
  • Laser beak-trimming and cannibalism (Glatz/Hinch at SARDI/UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 04-20)
  • MDV vaccines (Mahony at DEEDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 04-14)
  • Mortality in free range flocks (Nagle at DEEDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 05-13)
  • Mycoplasma vaccines (Markham at The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney and Bioproperties funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-11)
  • New diagnostics (Walkden-Brown at UNE and Tannock at RMIT funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-17)
  • Optimising methods for multiple batch litter use by broilers (Walkden-Brown at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 06-15)
  • Oral delivery system for poultry health products (Scott at The University of Sydney funded by Poultry CRC – project 04-15)
  • Phage-displayed peptides are antimicrobial towards Campylobacter jejuni in chickens (Bishop-Hurley at CSIRO Livestock Industries funded by Poultry CRC – project 06-09)
  • Phenolics for inhibition of gut microorganisms (Perez-Maldonado at DEEDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 05-03)
  • Profiling gut microflora using DNA-based tools (Ophel-Keller at SARDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-03a)
  • Realtime PCR quantification of gastrointestinal microbes in broiler challenge models (Wu at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-22)
  • Registration of a live Pasteurella multocida vaccine (Scott at The University of Melbourne funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-12)
  • Re-use of chicken litter across broiler cycles – managing the food-borne pathogen risk (Chinivasagam at DEEDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 05-16)
  • RNA interference for genomic studies and therapeutics (Doran at CSIRO Livestock Industries funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-16b)
  • Role of voluntary litter consumption by broiler chickens on gut function and gut health (Hetland at Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Mikkelsen at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 06-18)
  • Scientific assessment of welfare (Hemsworth at Animal Welfare Science Centre funded by Poultry CRC – project 04-18)
  • Screening for bacteriophages of selected poultry bacterial pathogens (Renz at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-04)
  • Temperature inactivation of viral pathogens in litter (Walkden-Brown at UNE funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-34)
  • The effects of interval of testing and quality of resource on the choice behaviour of laying hens in a Y-maze test (Laine at UoM funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-31)
  • The relationships between shed cleanliness and hen welfare (Edwards at UoM funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-32)
  • Transfer of diagnostic technologies to core diagnostic facility for the benefit of the Australian poultry industry (Noormohammadi at The University of Melbourne funded by Poultry CRC – project 05-17)
  • Understanding gut function and gut health of chickens (Hughes at SARDI funded by Poultry CRC – project 05-02)
  • Use of probiotics: a natural approach to control reproductive tract infections in free-range laying flocks (Shini at UQ funded by Poultry CRC – project 09-02)
  • Using machine vision to count hens and reduce egg breakage – proof of concept (Cronin at Animal Welfare Science Centre funded by Poultry CRC – project 06-11)
  • Vaccine antigens from C. perfringens and C. jejuni (Moore at CSIRO Livestock Industries funded by Poultry CRC – project 05-09)
  • Vectoring antigens to the chicken immune system – studies with Campylobacter antigens (Smooker at RMIT University funded by Poultry CRC – project 07-25)
  • Virulence genes and pathogenicity of P. multocida (Wilkie at The University of Queensland funded by Poultry CRC – project 03-13)