This research project is a systematic literature review to identify naturally occurring bacteria in the gut flora of chickens that have a protective effect against colonisation by campylobacter species.
<p>The approaches consist of:<ul>
<li>systematically reviewing what is known about mechanism of action of competitive exclusion and how defined bacterial cultures interact with existing chicken gut flora
<li>identifying and characterising potential probiotic bacterial strains and products and studying the effect on intestinal microbial activity and campylobacter species
A possible approach to controlling campylobacter colonisation in free range and organic birds is the use of probiotic feed additives containing naturally occurring bacteria present in the chicken gut.
<p>A systematic literature review will collate available information on 'competitive exclusion' and probiotic organisms, that is, those that compete with campylobacter for nutrients and available niches in the chicken gut.
<p>Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the <a href="http://www.food.gov.uk/science/research/" target="_blank">Food Standards Agency Research webpage</a>.