Collaborating to combat poultry disease

Understanding how to control Avian Pathogenic E. coli or APEC is the focus of a collaborative research project between Iowa State University and the University of Edinburgh.

The disease is a threat to the poultry industry, which is a $440 billion industry and provides more than 500,000 jobs in the United States. Sue Lamont, an Iowa State Distinguished Professor in animal science, is leading a team of researchers at Iowa State to collaborate and combat Avian Pathogenic E. coli.

The collaboration with the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh is funded by USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative and the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council as part of the joint NIFA-BBSRC Animal Health and Disease program. The program recognizes the benefits to U.S. agriculture from international cooperation between U.S. institutions and other countries, which helps scientists work together to apply their expertise and resources to address problems of mutual concern.