Leading Research

Control of Intestinal Spirochaete Infections in Chickens

Infection of layer and broiler breeders with Avian Intestinal Spirochaetosis (AIS) has emerged as a widespread constraint to optimal production in both the egg and chicken meat industries in Australia. The micro-organisms involved are difficult to isolate and characterise, therefore diagnosis of AIS is often difficult. There is also a lack of information about how to control these infections.

The purpose of this study was to help control AIS in Australia through a number of initiatives designed to improve capacity and to acquire background information for use in more detailed future applications of various techniques in the field.