Poultry Research

A Delmarva mainstay

Poultry is the mainstay of agriculture in the Delmarva region. UD's poultry research includes topics in the management of mortality and litter quality, disease prevention, ventilation and energy, poultry house construction, animal standards of care and overall best practices in poultry management.   

Poultry research diagnostics


UD researchers travel to Brazil to study heat stress in poultry

University of Delaware undergraduate student Blair Schneider spent time in Brazil earlier this year getting samples from chickens to help with research looking to see if there is something genetically that allows the Brazilian birds to better deal with heat stress than American broiler chickens.

The research is being led at UD by Carl Schmidt, professor and genome scientist in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and is part of a five-year, $4.7 million National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) climate change grant for a project.

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Fact Sheets

Vegetative environmental buffers

Litter management


Georgia Cartanza discusses tunnel ventilation management

Poultry Growers' Field Day: Tunnel ventilation Management: youtube.com/watch?v=jmMOzizpGAc

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. presents 'Farming under quarantine'

Farming under quarantine: Georgie Cartanza: youtube.com/watch?v=JSEVEABgKic

Poultry experts

Other faculty with poultry expertise include: Drs. Abasht, Arsenault, Brannick, Dutta, Keeler, H. Li, Y. Li, and Parcells.

Fighting poultry disease internationally


The Univesity of Delaware is leading the effort to fight avian influenza globally through emergency management training. In a state that’s king of the poultry industry, expert planning, precautions and emergency response are chief priorities to keep outbreaks at bay.

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The ultimate goal of One Health is prevention and early intervention because you can move upstream of a health problem,” said Ryan Arsenault, University of Delaware assistant professor of gut health and disease pathogenesis, whose research includes antibiotic alternatives for chickens.

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