Current Research Projects


Long-term Research Projects (12-36 months)

  1. Effect of hydrothermal treatment on the nutritional value of sorghum for broilers (RIRDC funded; CI
    A/Prof. Peter Selle), with extension granted to explore in vitro pepsin digestibility.
  2. Calcium-specific appetite in broiler nutrition (RIRDC funded; CI A/Prof Aaron Cowieson)
  3. Effect of incubation temperature on leg health in broilers (RIRDC funded; CI Dr. Peter Groves)
  4. Free-range poultry production (Poultry CRC funded; CI A/Prof Aaron Cowieson)
  5. Beak trimming and environmental enrichment in free-range layers (AECL funded; CI Dr. Greg Cronin)
  6. Effect of sodium bisulphite on the nutritional value of sorghum (RIRDC funded; CI Peter Selle)
  7. Optimisation of duck production (RIRDC funded; CI Dr. Jeff Downing)
  8. Calcium-specific appetite in layers (AECL funded; CI A/Prof Aaron Cowieson – delayed start to October
    2012)
  9. Phytate-free nutrition (commercially funded post-doc; CI A/Prof Aaron Cowieson)
  10. Functional geometry of feed enzymes (commercially funded post-doc; CI A/Prof Aaron Cowieson)
  11. Extension of the Geometric Framework to broiler nutrition (commercially funded post-doc; CI A/Prof
    Aaron Cowieson)
  12. Hydrothermal conditioning of swine diets (Pork CRC; CI A/Prof Aaron Cowieson)

Short-term Research Projects (6-12 months)

  1. Effect of feed enzymes and dietary energy density on the nutrition of the laying hen.
  2. Effect of xylanase addition to wheat-based diets on the thermal profile of broiler viscera.
  3. Interaction between betaine hydrochloride and microbial phytase in broilers.
  4. Interaction between vaccination, phytate and glucan on the immune function of piglets.
  5. Efficacy of a novel anticoccidial in broilers.
  6. Interactions between dietary phosphorus, calcium and phytase in broilers.
  7. Interactive effects of dietary lipid source on xylanase efficacy and caecal fermentation.

Postgraduate Student Projects

  1. Linda Browning: Effects of vitamin D, Ca, P and Sr in poultry nutrition and egg quality.
  2. Tugrul Durali: Understanding the performance gap between free-range and conventional poultry
    production.
  3. Sonia Liu: Starch and protein digestion kinetics in broilers.
  4. Emma Bradbury: Ca, P and phytase and the effects on broiler welfare and behaviour.
  5. Dean Powell: Methionine and muscle fibre development in broilers.
  6. Kate Hartcher: Environmental enrichment and beak trimming in free-range layers.
  7. TBC 2012: Bioefficacy of phytase and acid phosphatase in broiler nutrition.