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BSL2 poultry lab speeds search for antibiotic alternatives

Biocontainment facility designed for the safe study of infectious bacteria and pathogens.

Mississippi State University has opened a new biosecurity level 2 (BSL2) research laboratory to help researchers investigate possible treatments for pathogenic bacteria that affect the poultry industry.

“The lab itself is a facility which will allow the industry to have a place where research can be conducted that will help them fight disease issues that they may be experiencing in the actual commercial setting. That’s really what this facility is all about,” Aaron Kiess, Associate Professor in the Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University.

“We have traditional facilities where we run a multitude of different research trials, whether that be physiological, nutritional or production. But the new facility allows us to actually mimic a disease challenge. For instance, in the BSL2, we’re looking at pathogens and bacteria like Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Campylobacter and Clostridium, things that are associated with disease in the poultry industry.”

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