Research

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Effects of AviNectar in Poultry

Effects of AviNectar in Poultry

When free range laying chickens were fed with ‘Avinectar’, there was a similar pattern, with reduced amounts of formaldehyde in the droppings and increased levels of butyric acid. The VOCs reflect metabolism in the microbiome and vary depending on which bacterial species are present. Using 16S Metagenomic Analysis with the Illumina platform, we were able to identify changes in the chickens’ microbiome. We found lower levels of Enterobacteria, Clostridia and Campylobacteria, all of which are believed to be ‘bad’ bacteria and increased amounts of Ruminococcus and Bifidobacteria which are thought to be beneficial for health in chickens. In agreement with...

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Effects of AviNectar in Racing Pigeons

Effects of AviNectar in Racing Pigeons

Racing pigeons are bred from domestic pigeons (Columba livia domestica) and trained to return home (‘race’) from a start point, which may be many miles distant, flying at speeds of 50-60 miles per hour Consequently, the birds arrive exhausted, often carrying infections picked up from pigeons released at the same time. These infections can be transmitted to other birds in their lofts and hence the mortality of young birds from infections can be greater than 30 %, even with experienced owners who maintain good levels of hygiene. The level of stress amongst racing pigeons is also high, both from racing...

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Bioinformatics Research Partnership with University of Birmingham

Bioinformatics Research Partnership with University of Birmingham

In partnership with with the University of Birmingham's Centre for Computational Biology, we are working in the fields of metagenomics, microbiomics and metabolomics to understand the equine, canine and avian gut.

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