The Department of Poultry Science employs a multidisciplinary approach to scholarship in teaching, research, and outreach. In addition to providing undergraduate and graduate education in the avian sciences and associated discipline areas, we conduct both fundamental and applied research, with many projects having direct application to the commercial poultry industry.
Flies, beetles, and mites are often a major concern for
commercial poultry operations in the northeastern
United States. The high-density, confined housing sys-
tems used in poultry production create conditions that
favor the development of manure-breeding flies, beetles
associated with poultry litter accumulations, and north-
ern fowl mites.
This is the fourth edition of this informative handbook. The original handbook was published in the early 1970s; this 246-page edition has been completely revised and includes several diseases not covered in the earlier editions. Parasites and metabolic problems are discussed.
In 1999, West Nile encephalitis became a public health concern in the United States. The disease,
which previously had not been recorded in this country, broke out in the New York City metropolitan area, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed 62 human cases of
encephalitis, including seven deaths.