August 25, 2020

US researchers characterise avian reovirus strains

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announced last week the completion of a funded research project at the University of California, Davis, in which researchers looked to fully characterise selected variant avian reovirus strains.

The research was made possible in part by endowing Foundation gifts from Jerry and Cherie Moye and Todd and Shelley Simmons and is part of the association's research programme encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other association research, may be obtained at the USPOULTRY's website,

Project #F079: Molecular typing of current reovirus variant strains

Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo and colleagues at the University of California, Davis, recently completed a research project that focused on fully characterising selected variant avian reovirus strains using next generation sequencing and challenge studies. The results of this research project provide valuable knowledge needed to better strategise diagnostics and surveillance for avian reoviruses affecting the broiler industry.