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Poultry Science: Personnel


Dr. Scott M. Russell
Professor of Poultry Processing
and Products Microbiology

B.S.A. The University of Georgia (Microbiology)
M.S. The University of Georgia (Poultry Science)
Ph.D. The University of Georgia (Poultry Science)

Poultry Science Department
218 Poultry Science Building
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-4356

Phone: (706) 542-1368
Fax: (706) 542-1827
Cell: (706) 255-4948



  • Research 14%
  • Extension 66%
  • Teaching 20%

Primary Research Interests

Dr. Russell's research activities have been primarily directed toward intervention strategies for reducing pathogenic and spoilage bacteria from poultry production and processing operations and developing rapid microbiological methods for identifying and enumerating spoilage, indicator, and pathogenic bacteria from fresh and cooked poultry products.  His research has resulted in a total of 44 refereed journal articles, 37 abstracts, 43 proceedings, 1 patent, 7 book chapters, and 71 popular articles for a total of 203 publications. Dr. Russell has been invited to speak 174 times at scientific meetings around the world. Dr. Russell has been featured on Fox News (The Fox Report with Sheperd Smith) and Good Morning America (Interviewed by Dr. Richard Besser, former Director of the CDC).

Dr. Russell works closely with the poultry industry throughout the U.S. and Canada, and with countries in Central and South America, Europe, and China.  Dr. Russell assists poultry companies with elimination of pathogenic bacterial populations throughout their growout and processing operations. Additionally, Dr. Russell conducts applied research projects to assist in answering a variety of questions related to problems in poultry plants.

Graduate Students and Interests

  • Tracy Green (ATP bioluminescence)
  • Angela Edmiston (Rapid E. coli enumeration)
  • Kirsten Glasmoyer
  • Melissa Landrum co-advised by Dr. Gene Pesti


Books (1)

Russell, S. M., 2012.  Salmonella in Poultry Meat Production and Processing, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Publishing, Boca Raton, FL, 400 pgs.

Book Chapter (7)

1. Cox, N. A., S. M. Russell, and J. S. Bailey, 1997.  The microbiology of stored poultry, Pages 266-287  in: The Microbiology of Meat and Poultry.  R. J. Board and A. R. Davies, Eds. Blackie Academic & Professional, Chapman & Hall Limited, 2-6 Boundary Row, London SE1 8HN.

2. Russell, S. M., 2001.  Spoilage bacteria associated with poultry. Pp. 159-179 In: Poultry Meat Processing. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL.

3. Russell, S. M., 2001.  Impedance and conductance. Compendium of methods for the microbiological examination of foods, 4th Edition.  E. Pouch Downes and Keith Ito, eds. American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

4.  Russell, S. M., 2004.  Detecting pathogens in poultry meat.  Food Safety Control in the Poultry Industry.  G. Mead, ed., 70 pp.

5.  Russell, S. M., and P. C. Vasavada, 2006.  Techniques for microbial identification. Chapter 11 in: Microbiological Analysis of Red Meat, Poultry, and Eggs. Professor Geoff Mead, ed. (Submitted and Accepted for publication, 78pp.)

6.  Russell, S. M., 2010.  Spoilage bacteria associated with poultry. Chapter 10 Pp. 205-230 In: Poultry Meat Processing 2nd Edition. CRC Press. C. M. Owens, C. Z. Alvarado, and A. R. Sams, Eds.

7.  Russell, S. M., 2010.  Preharvest food safety issues that carry over into the plant. Chapter 7 Pp. 87-94 In: Perspectives on Food-Safety Issues of Animal-Derived Foods.  Steven C. Ricke and Frank T. Jones, Eds.  The University of Arkansas Press. Springdale, AR.

Refereed Journal Articles (45)

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Abstracts and Proceedings (85)

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Patent (1)

Russell, S. M., 1996. A selective additive for enumerating Pseudomonas fluorescens and for predicting the potential shelf-life of fresh poultry, beef, ground beef, fish, and milk using standard and electrical microbiological methods. (Pending)

Popular Press Articles (74)

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