UConn Receives $10 Million Grant To Research Poultry

August 03, 2020 - 2:45 pm

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) - UConn has been awarded a $10 million grant to research how
to raise poultry for food without giving the birds antibiotics.
 The grant, announced Monday by the United States Department of Agriculture
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will fund a project led by Kumar
Venkitanarayanan, an animal science professor at UConn, with a team of 30
researchers from 8 colleges and universities.
 The school said the project is designed to create a sustainable program for
antibiotic-restricted broiler production in the poultry industry.
 The United States produces nine billion birds annually, using antibiotics to
prevent disease and promote a faster growth. The Food and Drug Administration is
concerned that the practice may spread resistance to antibiotics and has
directed the industry to phase out their use in poultry production.
 UConn says its research will include experts in microbiology, molecular
biology, poultry nutritionists, poultry gut health specialists, animal welfare
specialists, agricultural engineers, economists, and sociologists.
     The project is scheduled to start in September.

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