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. Prevention of feather pecking in laying hens. (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)
  10. RIRDC Chicken-Meat Project No: PRJ -010489 ‘Survey and review of grain sorghum in chicken-meat production’. (RIRDC funded; CI Dr. Peter Selle)
  11. RIRDC Chicken-Meat Project No: PRJ-010216: ‘Formulating broiler diets based on protein and starch digestive dynamics’. (RIRDC funded; CI Dr. Sonia Liu)
  12. Australian Feed Grain Partnership: ‘Retrospective analyses of retained PGLP grain sorghum samples’. (RIRDC funded; CI Dr. Peter Selle and Dr Sonia Liu)
  13. Bioplatforms Australia [in conjunction with Australian Proteome Analytical Facility (Macquarie University) and Feedworks]: ‘Metabolic fates of amino acids and glucose in enterocytes’ (RIRDC funded; CI Dr. Peter Selle and Dr Sonia Liu)
  14. Salmonella control programs in commercial egg layers (AECL funded; CI Peter Groves)

Short-term Research Projects (6-12 months)

  1. Determination of grain AME for NIR calibrations. (Poultry CRC funded; CI Jeff Downing)
  2. The influence of exogenous enzymes in broiler diets based on wheat, maize and sorghum (commercially funded; CI Dr. Sonia Liu)

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)
  4. Ms Amy Moss (PhD): The interaction of exogenous enzymes in chicken-meat production. (commercially funded, supervisors: Drs Peter Selle and Sonia Liu)
  5. Ms Christine Sydenham (PhD): Utilisation of synthetic amino acids and low-protein diets in chicken-meat production’ (commercially funded, supervisor: Drs Peter Selle and Sonia Liu)
  6. Alannah Mackay (PhD): Prevention of feather pecking in laying hens (AECL funded)