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Reusing poultry litter can reduce antibiotic-resistant salmonella

By Emily S. Davenport University of Georgia Photo by Adelumola Oladeinde/USNPRC Broiler chicks in floor pens prepared with fresh (left) and reused (right) poultry litter.

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ATHENS, Ga. — When many of us hear about bacteria, we associate it with illness. But certain bacteria can be helpful in preventing disease, not causing it. For example, consuming probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, to improve gut health has risen in popularity in recent years, both for human and animal wellness.

A joint research collaboration between the University of Georgia’s Department of Poultry Science and the U.S. National Poultry Research Center (USNPRC), housed within the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), has been investigating the role that bacteria play in poultry health and food safety. New research from. . .

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