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|Volume 61, June 2023||Newsletter Editor: Prof Avigdor Cahaner|
Note from the Editor
This is the first WPSA Newsletter in its new format, consisting of items provided by WPSA organizations and members, through their branch secretaries. Each item has a brief description of updated internet sites containing poultry-related scientific and professional materials, and the link to that site.
Use ctrl-F to search the site descriptions is this Newsletter for items containing words of interest to you.
Introduction from the President
Dear members of WPSA
It is my pleasure to inform you that the proposals submitted to the branch development programme can now reach up to 4000 US$, instead of 2000. We are expecting branch proposals, please visit . The next deadline is JULY 1st, don’t miss it. This is aimed at helping you.
The communication strategy is one important topic for the board, and we received 348 answers from 59 countries to our survey dedicated to the web site and social media. This was discussed at an online board meeting on April 25. The overall content of the web site was generally appreciated, which is a good point. We also realized the need to retain our young members with us.
Together with the Secretary General, Peter Van Horne, and a Vice-President, Fallou Gueye, I attended the 2nd Pan African Poultry Conference co-organized on May 16-18 by the branch of Togo and by CERSA, the regional excellence center for avian sciences based in the University of Lomé. The ministry in charge of research and higher education from Togo opened the conference, in the presence of the delegate ministry of Burkina-Faso for animal resources. The programme featured invited talks and short oral communications that triggered a very lively discussion. Simultaneous translation made possible to gather participants from whole Africa, either French-speaking or English-speaking. I congratulate the organizers for this successful event. In addition, it made possible to gather, on site or on-line, several representatives of WPSA branches from the African WPSA network recently created. The role of a branch was clarified by sharing experience, and it was decided to hold the next Pan African Poultry Conference in 2025, May 12-14, in Johannesburg. Save this date!
Working groups of the European Federation are getting ready for their symposiums, please check the calendar on the website. The waterfowl working group will also meet in Indonesia.
After postponement due to COVID, the Asian Poultry Conference will take place in China in November. See http://appc2023.bomeeting.net/cn for more information.
I hope that you will like the new format of this Newsletter. It is aimed at stimulating exchanges between our members. This is a way to develop the sense of belonging within our large WPSA family.
With my best regards
Dr Michèle Tixier-Boichard, President
7-9 September 2023
Combined meeting WG12 - Physiology and WG6 - Reproduction
18-20 September 2023
7th World Waterfowl Conference
20-22 September 2023
XII European Symposium on Poultry Genetics
8-10 November 2023
12th Asian Pacific Poultry Conference
1-3 November 2023
XVI European Poultry Conference
24-28 June 2024
The online Journal is hosted on the Taylor & Francis website.
- Travel Grant Programme (for young WPSA members and students (<40 years))
- Travel Grant Programme (for 'older' WPSA members from developing countries (>40 years))
- Speakers' Bureau Programme (for WPSA Branches/Working Groups organizing a WPSA meeting)
- Branch Development Proposals (for WPSA branches)
The USA Branch welcomes our new slate of WPSA-USA Branch Executive Committee members, and thanks 3 members for their service to the WPSA-USA Board the past 4 years. Read the full information on these members. (USA)
Officers and Board members of the Canadian Branch.
Pakistan WPSA-Branch Newsletter (Pakistan)
- The USA and Canada branches of WPSA jointly sponsor the WPSA Lecture to be held as the keynote address for the Poultry Science Association Annual Meeting), July 10-12, 2023. The speaker will be Dr Yuval Cinnamon of the Volcani Center in Israel with the topic 'Towards a humane and sustainable solution: A genetic model to eliminate male chicks culling in the egg industry'. (USA)
- The USA Branch co-sponsored (on April 25-26, 2023) the Alabama Feed & Grain Nutrition Seminar, one of the premier nutrition conferences held each year in the US. (USA)
- The annual meeting of the Italian Branch of WPSA on 'Sustainability and Innovation of Poultry and Rabbit chains' was held in Rimini on May 5th, 2023 in conjunction with Fieravicola. The presentations are available here. (Italy)
- The Atlantic Poultry Conference 2023 was held on February 14-16, in Halifax, NS. The next edition of the conference will be held in 2025. (Canada)
- PIP (Poultry Innovation Partnership) has launched a new knowledge mobilization initiative - Innovation Roadshow. (Canada)
- The PIP team hosted Feeding Breeders: a series of webinars on the challenges of managing modern broiler breeders. You can view the webinars at the website. (Canada)
- The Poultry Podcast Show features insights from poultry experts worldwide. There are episodes with Canadian experts, Dr Marie-Pierre Montminy and Dr Doug Korver. (Canada)
- The French Branch of WPSA is an associated partner of the EAAP meeting 2023 in Lyon. (France)
- Impact of stocking density on welfare and productivity of broiler chickens reared to 34d of age (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.japr.2023.100344) (Canada)
- An evaluation of the thermoregulatory potential of in ovo delivered bioactive substances (probiotic, folic acid, and essential oil) in broiler chickens (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psj.2023.102602) (Canada)
- Effect of photoperiod during incubation on embryonic temperature, hatch traits, and performance of 2 commercial broiler strains (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psj.2023.102632) (Canada)
- A deep learning-based automated image analysis for histological evaluation of broiler pectoral muscle (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psj.2023.102792) (Israel)
- Supply and demand of creatine and glycogen in broiler chicken embryos (https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2023.1079638) (Israel)
- Profiling intestinal stem and proliferative cells in the small intestine of broiler chickens via in situ hybridization during the peri-hatch period (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psj.2023.102495) (Israel)
- Alterations in gonadotropin, prolactin, androgen and estrogen receptor and steroidogenesis-associated gene expression in gander testes in relation to the annual period (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2023.04.019) (Israel)
- Parental Preconception and Pre-Hatch Exposure to a Developmental Insult Alters Offspring’s Gene Expression and Epigenetic Regulations: An Avian Model (https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms24055047) (Israel)
- Beta-glucans induce cellular immune training and changes in intestinal morphology in poultry (https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2022.1092812) (Israel)
- Gut microbiome in modern and slower-growing broiler breeder lines (https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2023.1151151) (Israel)
- Screening of pigeons in Zurich reveals continuous circulation of Paramyxovirus-1 and a serious threat of transmission to domestic poultry (https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms10081656) (Switzerland)
- Allantoic fluid metabolome reveals specific metabolic signatures in chicken lines different for their muscle glycogen content (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-023-35652-0) (France)
- RNA-seq analysis of the active chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane reveals genes that encode proteins assigned to ion transport and innate immunity (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0888754323000083) (France)
- Effect of phytase and limestone particle size on mineral digestibility, performance, eggshell quality, and bone mineralization in laying hens (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0032579123001372) (France)
- Slow and Fast-Growing Chickens Use Different Antioxidant Pathways to Maintain Their Redox Balance during Postnatal Growth (https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/13/7/1160) (France)
- A new book on ‘Poultry Meat Quality’ edited by Massimiliano Petracci (University of Bologna) and Mario Estévez (Universidad de Extremadura) is now available. (WG5)
- Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing are delighted to announce the publication of their new title, Embryo development and hatchery practice in poultry production, edited by Dr Nick French.
Special Offer Receive 20% off your order of the book using code EMB20 via the BDS Website. Discount code expires 31st July 2023 and can be applied to all Poultry Science books in the Burleigh Dodds series.