Salmonella control in layer chickens
Confidence in the ability to reduce any presence of Salmonella on shell eggs by the use of vaccine technology determined.
Development of real-time PCR test to quantify infections bronchitis virus in tissues of chickens
This study was conducted to develop and evaluate the use of reverse transcriptase real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to detect and quantify the viral copy number of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) from infected tissues of vaccinated and unvaccinated laying hens.
Improving mycoplasma vaccines - targets for defined attenuation
This project aims to improve the effectiveness of mycoplasma vaccines, and to use these findings to develop new vaccines capable of providing protection against variant strains that may not be controlled by the current generation of vaccines.
Use of cytokines to enhance vaccine efficacy in poultry
This report outlines the analysis of the immune response during Marek's disease virus infection and the development of reagents used, and assessed, as potential cytokine therapeutics and vaccine adjuvants.
Investigating the cause of Miliary Hepatitis in laying chickens
Miliary hepatitis can cause mortalities and loss of egg production in chickens.The cause is unknown.This trial attempted to establish a model of the disease, so that preventative and control measures can be undertaken.
Further development of a live attenuated vaccine for chicken anaemia virus
This study is a follow up to a previous study on chicken anaemia virus and the improvement of a Live Attenuated Vaccine for the virus.
Marek's disease research in Australia - a review
This project is part of a series of trials to evaluate the efficacy of existing vaccines against a particularly virulent strain of Marek's disease which presented in the early 1990's.
Effects of diet composition, gut microbial status and feed forms on cannibalism in layers
The project aimed to identify both nutritional and husbandry factors that may contribute to increase cannibalism, and to develop strategies to minimise it.
Live vaccines for three species of Eimeria
The objective of this project was to attenuate two strains of three species of Eimeria in order to candidate vaccine lines in terms of drug sensitivity.
Attenuation and characterisation of Eimeria spp
This purpose of this study was to isolate and purify field strains of E.Maxima and E.Acervulina for suitable use in a live poultry coccidiosis vaccine. .
Marek's disease vaccine trials in commercial birds
This trial was undertaken to develop effective immunisation strategies for the prevention of Marek's disease using newer vaccines developed by RMIT Melbourne.
Infectious Bursal Disease Virus
The project was initiated in response to reports in 1995 that a more severe strain of IBDV was presenting in Victoria and NSW.
R&D PROJECT LIST 2020/21