July 21, 2021


USPOULTRY: Researchers investigate impact of anthelmintic resistance in parasites of poultry



USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have announced the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, the United States, in which researchers investigated the impact of anthelmintic resistance in parasites of poultry.


The research was made possible in part by an endowing foundation gift from Wayne Farms LLC and is part of the association's comprehensive research programme encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.


The project, known as "Project #F081: Investigating the Impact of Anthelmintic Resistance in Nematode Parasites of Poultry", was oversaw by Dr. Ray Kaplan of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases (University of Georgia).


Dr. Kaplan and colleagues recently completed a study evaluating anthelminthic resistance in parasites of poultry.


The project aimed to measure the production impact of drug-resistant Ascaridia dissimilis on turkeys, develop a molecular diagnostic that would allow for screening of resistance in populations of Ascaridia dissimilis and determine the efficacy of fenbendazole on a population of Heterakis gallinarum.


Overall, results demonstrated the impact that poultry nematode parasites may have on the health and productivity of poultry and highlighted the need for new control strategies for continued efficiency in production.