An extensive record of publication in respected peer reviewed journals reflects the diligence of SEPRL scientists in finding answers to the infectious disease problems that confront modern commercial poultry production. Responsiveness to the concerns of both the poultry industry and regulatory agencies has been a consistent feature of SEPRL programs and personnel. The future at SEPRL will directly reflect the needs of the poultry industry, which will continue to face complex and expensive infectious disease issues.
SEPRL is committed to responding to this challenge through both basic and applied research programs. The recent outbreaks of avian influenza in the USA, Canada and Asia, and exotic Newcastle disease virus in southern California, are prime examples of the unpredictability of avian pathogens and of the need for sustained federal funding of research programs to address national and international disease issues. Particularly important are those issues that affect the poultry industry in terms of economic viability, international trade, and food safety. The SEPRL research mission will continue to focus on providing science-based solutions to poultry health and food safety problems.
Specific research efforts will include: 1) Excluding or eliminating exotic and emerging infectious diseases (such as avian influenza, Newcastle disease, and poult enteritis mortality syndrome) from poultry flocks; 2) Reducing the incidence of Salmonella enteritidis in poultry flocks and products; 3) Developing and utilizing an enhanced understanding of mucosal immunity to formulate new vaccines and intervention strategies to prevent diseases of the respiratory and digestive tracts; and 4) Identifying better methods of controlling environmental conditions to reduce poultry diseases.