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
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.