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Research Programs and Projects at this Location

ARS research is organized into National Programs. Within each National Program are research projects. Listed below are  the National Programs and research projects currently conducted at this location.

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Food Animal Production (NP #101)
Enhancing Genetic Resistance and Vaccinal Response to Control Marek’s Disease, Infectious Laryngotracheitis, and Infectious Bursal Disease in Chicken
(In-House Appropriated)
Animal Health (NP #103)
Control Strategies to Prevent and Respond to Diseases Outbreaks Caused by Avian Influenza Viruses
(In-House Appropriated)
Elucidation of Molecular Determinants of Avian Herpesviruses Virulence and Evolution to Inform the Development of Safe and Effective Vaccines
(In-House Appropriated)
Genomic and Epidemiological Parameters to Inform Interventions Strategies for Enteric Diseases of Poultry
(In-House Appropriated)
Intervention Strategies to Predict, Prevent, and Control Emerging Strains of Virulent Newcastle Disease Viruses
(In-House Appropriated)
Systems Biology Approaches to Develop Medical Countermeasures to Detect, Prevent, and Control Poultry Production Viral Diseases
(In-House Appropriated)
Effect of Marek’s Disease CVRM Vaccine on the Enhancement of Spontaneous Avian Leukosis-like Tumors
(Cooperative Agreement)
Enhancing the Production of Type I Interferons to Create Rationally-Defined and Highly Protective Marek's Disease Vaccines in Chickens
(Cooperative Agreement)
Influence of Vaccines, Host Genetics and Pathogen Mutation Rates on the Evolutionary Dynamics of Infectious Diseases - Purdue
(Cooperative Agreement)
Support USDA Capital Management Plan through Partnership with Michigan State University
(Cooperative Agreement)
US-UK-China Collab: Predictive Phylogenetics For Evolutionary and Transmission Dynamics of Newly Emerging Avian Influenza Viruses
(Cooperative Agreement)
Development of an Antigenic and Sequence Database of U.S. Avian Influenza Viruses
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Enhancing the production of type I interferons to create rationally-defined and highly protective Marek's diseas vaccines in chickens
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Evaluation of Currently Available Vaccines for the Control of H5N1 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Pathogenesis of Egg Drop Syndrome (EDS) Virus and Improved Control Through Targeted Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Prediction of Bat Species Susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 Using an In Vitro Cell Model System ( Sequence ACE2 and TMPRSS2)
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Response to APHIS SARS-CoV-2 Research Priorities Phase 1 (SEPRL)
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
The Study of Influenza A Viruses in Avian Species
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
US-UK Collaboration: Genetic and Non-Genetic Drivers for Virus Transmission and Virulence Evolution
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
US-UK-China Collab: Predictive phylogenetics for evolutionary and transmission dynamics of newly emerging avian influenza viruses
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Broadly Protective Modified Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccines for Poultry
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Development and Validation of a Universal rReal-time RT-PCR Assay to Distinguish Between Virulent and Non-virulent APMV-1
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics Procedures for Identification, Pathotype Prediction, and Subtyping of Influenza A viruses
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Rapid Detection and Characterization of Avian Foreign Animal Diseases Using Nanopore Sequencing
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Characterization Avian Influenza Virus Immunology and Intervention Strategies in Poultry
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Genomic and Epidemiological Parameters to Inform Interventions Strategies for Enteric Diseases of Poultry
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Improving Prevention of Newcastle Disease by Identification of Emerging Strains, Virus Evolution and Predicting Protection Conferred by Vaccination
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Influence of Vaccines, Host Genetics, and Pathogen Mutation Rates on the Evolutionary Dynamics of Infectious Diseases - Berlin
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Integrative Strategies to Mitigate Enteric Diseases of Poultry
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Prevention of Immunosuppressive Viruses of Poultry
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Comparison of Marek’s Disease Virus Challenge Strains in Commercial Broiler Chickens
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Development of mRNA-based Vaccines for Heterosubtypic Protection Against Infectious Bronchitis and Infectious Laryngotracheitis Viruses
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Diagnostic and Epidemiology of Poultry Diseases
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Effect of Marek’s Disease CVRM Vaccine on the Enhancement of Spontaneous Avian Leukosis-like Tumors
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Next Generation Sequencing as a Diagnostic Tool for Poultry Pathogens
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Food Safety, (Animal and Plant Products) (NP #108)
Alternatives to Antibiotics and Genomics of Antimicrobial Resistance to Control Foodborne Pathogens in Poultry
(In-House Appropriated)
Production and Processing Intervention Strategies for Poultry Associated Foodborne Pathogens
(In-House Appropriated)
Reducing Pathogen Contamination Risks and Improving Quality Attributes of Eggs and Egg Products through Housing System Management and Egg Handling Practices
(In-House Appropriated)
Reduction of Foodborne Pathogens and Antimicrobial Resistance in Poultry Production Environments
(In-House Appropriated)
Smart Optical Sensing of Food Hazards and Elimination of Non-Nitrofurazone Semicarbazide in Poultry
(In-House Appropriated)
Strategies to Reduce Mycotoxin Contamination in Animal Feed and its Effect in Poultry Production Systems
(In-House Appropriated)
Antimicrobial Resistance in Surface Waters: Pilot Environmental Monitoring Effort - Athens
(Interagency Reimbursable Agreement)
Developing a Model Protocol for Tracking Antibiotic Use and AMR Surveillance Across a Large-scale Commercial Swine Production System
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Salmonella in Poultry: Improving Vaccine Efficacy
(Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement)
Agent Based Modeling to improve cage-free housing systems: What does the hen see?
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Impact of egg handling and long-term (25wk) storage on eggy physical and microbial quality
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Metaphylaxis for Respiratory Disease in High-Risk Stocker Cattle: Impacts on Manhheimia Haemolytica, the Microbiome, and the Resistome
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)
Application of Probiotics as an Alternative to Antibiotics for the Reduction of Salmonella in Poultry
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Cage-Free Pullets: Housing and Management Practices
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Development of Bioinformatic Tools for Omic Data Integration
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Genomic Analysis of Staphylococcal Diversity and Antimicrobial Resistance (resistome) in Retail Poultry Products
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Hyperspectral Imaging for Quality and Safety Evaluation of Agricultural Commodities
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Movement of Salmonella spp. Throughout Poultry Production and Control Strategies
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Sustainable Poultry Processing Research
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Vaccines to Reduce Salmonella Infantis in Chickens
(Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement)
Hyperspectral Microscope Imaging for Early Detection of Quality and Safety Assurance in Agricultural Products
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Tests of Salmonella Sub-unit Proteins as Vaccines for Broiler Chickens
(Trust Fund Cooperative Agreement)
Product Quality and New Uses (NP #306)
Assessment of Quality Attributes of Poultry Products, Grain, Seed, Nuts, and Feed
(In-House Appropriated)
Addressing Critical Poultry Industry Challenge through Creating Value for Chicken Breast Meat with Myopathies
(Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement)