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Chicken IMAGE: Improvement of Chicken IMmunity and resistance to disease based upon Analysis of Gene Expression

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01591
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-02-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 3,700,000 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,125,000 EUR
Scientific Officer: Lucia PENA ALBERDI
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Animal Systems

Abstract:
The chicken is the most important source of animal protein in humans. The poultry industry is facing increasing problems due to the emergence of more virulent forms of pathogens causing much disease and mortality in commercial flocks. Moreover, modifications in poultry feeding currently have disastrous repercussions. Therefore, amelioration of the quality of food and derivative products will be a major challenge in the next century and one of the most urgent requirements of European citizens. This project aims to create a new generation of tools for avian immunology in the EU, by building a database of expression profiles for a large set of chicken genes expressed in various types of immune tissues, at different stages of diseases development, and with significant function in regulation of both innate and adaptive arms of the immune system. These resources will be unique and will represent a comprehensive knowledge base of great importance. It will contribute to decrease in the losses in flocks through mortality and reduced product quality due to diseases, by increasing the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of the underlying immune response.


Coordinator
Rima ZOOROB
CNRS- ERS 1984
Villejuif
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 1 49583500
Fax: +33 1 49583509
E-mail: zoorob@infobiogen.fr


Partners
  Jean-Marie BUERSTEDDE
Heinrich-Pette-Institut für experimentelle Virolog
Hamburg
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 40 48051290
Fax: +49 48 48051296
E-mail: buersted@genetics.hpi.uni-hamburg.de
  Anne-Marie CHAUSSE
INRA- laboratoire de Virologie et Oncologie Aviiaire
Nouzilly
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 2 47427619
Fax: +33 2 47427774
E-mail: chausse@tours.inra.fr
  James McKAY
Ross Breeders Limited
Newbridge, Midlothian
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1313 331056
Fax: +44 1313 333296
E-mail: jim_mckay@rossbr.com
  Daniel MARECHAL
Urogentec Bel S.A.
Seraing
BELGIUM
Tel.: +32 4 366 01 50
Fax: +32 4 365 16 04
E-mail: d.marechal@eurogentec.be
  Nat BUMSTEAD
The Institute for Animal Health
Compton, Berkshire
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1635 578411
Fax: +44 1635 577263
E-mail: nat.bumstead@bbsrc.ac.uk
  Giorgio BERNARDI
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
Napoli
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0815833300
Fax: +39 0812455807
E-mail: bernardi@alpha.szn.it
  John R. YOUNG
The Institute for Animal Health
Compton, Berkshire
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1635 577267
Fax: +44 1635 577263
E-mail: john.young@bbsrc.ac.uk