The future of poultry research in Canada
Writing blogs on different topics that the poultry industry is
currently facing is a very effective way to express opinions or share
experiences with colleagues. This is my first blog for Canadian Poultry
Magazine and I would like to briefly talk about the future of poultry
research in Canada.
The advancements in technology especially in the area of communication tools have had significant effects on human life, although these changes are more obvious in developed countries. Paper communication has still its own uniqueness in our lives but this trend has already started to shift toward electronic ways of communication. Writing blogs on different topics that the poultry industry is currently facing is a very effective way to express opinions or share experiences with colleagues. This is my first blog for Canadian Poultry Magazine and I would like to briefly talk about the future of poultry research in Canada.
As we all know, there has been a considerable expansion in the poultry industry and poultry research centres have made outstanding contributions to this phenomenal growth. Despite this growth, the number of active poultry science departments has declined dramatically (1). This reduction has been more significant in the U.S.
Funding for poultry research is usually provided by three sources: University, government and the industry. What I have seen in Canada is governmental support, which generally constitutes the main source of funding, although this support varies depending on budget priorities of provincial and federal governments. As a graduate student who has been involved in poultry research at two Canadian universities, it seems that poultry research centres and the industry have not been moving at the same pace. Efficient interactions between these two can make excellent opportunities for them to continually understand and address their short- and long-term concerns. In my opinion, research centres and industry are not connected as they should be.
Why is it so difficult to get money from the industry for research these days? What does the industry like to see at research institutions that is not seeing now? Although some of them still rely on universities, why have companies become more interested in having their own R&D teams?
Please feel free to express your opinions here, as this can help us to have a better understanding of our future directions.
Mojtaba Yegani received his DVM degree from faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, Iran. He has worked in the Iranian poultry industry for several years. He then joined University of Guelph (as a MSc student) and worked with Dr. Trevor Smith in the area of poultry nutrition and toxicology. His MSc thesis was on the effects of feedborne Fusarium mycotoxins on performance and metabolism of broiler breeders.
Mojtaba is currently a PhD student working with Dr. Doug Korver at the University of Alberta. Evaluation of nutrient availability and variability in feed ingredients used for poultry diets is his research area.
He is a member of major poultry-focused associations including Poultry Science Association (PSA), World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA-Canada branch), World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA-Canada branch) and American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP).
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