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Poultry Science

Research Programs

Research conducted in the Department of Poultry Science has three primary functions:

  1. Add to the base of scientific knowledge,
  2. Provide opportunities for appropriate graduate degree training programs, and
  3. Provide information that will be useful to the poultry industry in Georgia.

These research programs encompass the following general areas: nutrition, physiology (growth and reproduction), processing technology, coccidiosis, genetics, microbiology (mycotoxins, spoilage bacteria), and programmed cell death (apoptosis).

The following Hatch Project titles provide insight into the specific objectives of these research efforts:


The Fat Soluble Vitamins A, E, and K as They Influence the Vitamin D Requirement for Broiler Chicks.

Preventing Rickets and Tibial Dyschondroplasia and Enhancing Phytate Phosphorus Utilization in Poultry.

Quantitation of Factors Affecting Fat for Inclusion in Broiler Growth Models.

Additional nutrition resources are available in the Poultry Nutritionist Took Kit



Regulation of Myogenesis in Avian Embryos.

Sperm-egg Interaction in Birds: Role of Surface Carbohydrates.



Genetic Relationships of Growth and Reproduction in Diverse Poultry Populations.

Programmed Cell Death: Characterization of the Apoptosis Endonuclease.



Methods for Identifying Temperature Abused Broiler Chicken Carcasses.

The Response of the Hemostatic Mechanism in Chickens as Assessed by Thrombelastrography to Dietary Aflatoxin, Ochratoxin A, and T-2 Toxin.


Processing Technology

Development of New Processes and Technologies for the Processing of Poultry Products.



Control of Coccidiosis by Interference with Site-finding Receptors on Parasite Cell Membranes of Invasive Stages.


New Focus Areas

In addition to the research efforts outlined above, the Department has identified two major Focus Areas for collaborative efforts among faculty. These areas have been identified as important areas that are relevant to current industry concerns and needs.

  1. Processing/Slaughter Technology Impact on Yield and Further Processing:
  2. Nutrition/Genetic/Management Relationships with Regard to New Genetic Stocks:
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