Current Research Projects


Long-term Research Projects (12-36 months)

  1. Effect of incubation temperature on leg health in broilers. (RIRDC funded; CI Dr. Peter Groves)
  2. Calcium-specific appetite in layers. (AECL funded; CI Cormac O'Shea)
  3. Extension of the Geometric Framework to broiler nutrition: the influence of macronutrients on broiler performance. (commercially funded post-doc; CI Dr. Sonia Liu)
  4. The factors influencing sorghum starch digestibility in broiler chickens. (RIRDC funded; CI Peter Selle)
  5. Whole grain feeding in chicken meat production. (RIRDC funded; CI Peter Selle and Sonia Liu)
  6. Effects of rearing in free range laying hens that predispose feather pecking. (AECL funded; CI Dr. Greg Cronin)
  7. Proteomic measures of albumen degradation as indicators of egg freshness. (Poultry CRC funded; CI Jeff Downing)
  8. Electrolyte supplementation of broilers prior to transport. (RIRDC funded; CI Jeff Downing)
  9. Avian influenza risk mitigation for the free-range sector of the Australian poultry industry. (Poultry CRC and Woolworths funded; CI Peter Groves and Jenny-Ann Toribio)

Short-term Research Projects (6-12 months)

  1. The Influence of feeding regime on digestive dynamics in broiler chickens. (Science Innovation Award; CI Sonia Liu)
  2. Determination of grain AME for NIR calibrations. (Poultry CRC funded; CI Jeff Downing)
  3. A fresh look at selenium; can we use it to starve Salmonella of growth during infective stage in broilers? (Marie Bashir Institute; CI Cormac O’Shea)
  4. Evaluation of supplemental strontium on eggshell and laying hen performance. (Poultry CRC funded; CI Linda Browing)

Postgraduate Student Projects

  1. Tugrul Durali (PhD): Understanding the performance gap between free-range and conventional poultry production.
  2. Kevin Precilla (MVSc): Evaluating the nutritional motivation for feather pecking and eating. (Poultry CRC funded)
  3. Angela Scott (PhD): Avian influenza risk mitigation for the free-range sector of the Australian poultry industry. (Poultry CRC funded)