October 18, 2021


USPOULTRY: Research evaluates pathogenicity of Cochlosoma anatis


USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announced the completion of a funded research project at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, the United States, in which a researcher evaluated the pathogenicity of Cochlosoma anatis.


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


Called "Project #BRF010: Cochlosoma anatis - Identification of Disease Reservoirs and Factors That Lead to Disease in Turkeys", the project was completed by Dr. Robert Beckstead at North Carolina State University, and aimed to determine whether C. anatis alone could cause disease symptoms or if co-infections with other parasites, such as bacteria or viruses, is needed.


Both field data and infection studies demonstrated that C. anatis alone can cause severe enteritis resulting in increased feed conversion ratios and turkeys failing to gain weight.