Thailand Campylobacter and chicken projects

Lead Research Organisation: University of Liverpool
Department Name: Institute of Infection and Global Health


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Description Chickens in Thailand are of the same type as those reared in the UK but the production conditions and environments are different. The stocking densities used are lower and the birds seem healthier and have lower levels of Campylobacter. This bacterium is the most important cause of food poisoning in the developed world.
Exploitation Route There is a need to determine what the differences in Campylobacter populations between the EU and Thailand mean for chicken and human health. It could be that the differences in Campylobacter populations could pose either a greater or lower risk to human health.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Healthcare

Description The research has changed industry practice in Thailand and made Government officials there much more aware of the problems of Campylobacter
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal

Description Influence of industry practice in Thailand
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Description EMIDA under the Era Net call
Amount £400,000 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2013 
End 04/2016
Description Submission of an H2020 application 
Organisation Paul Ehrlich Institute
Department Veterinary Medicine
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution My team worked with people in this University and others to put together an application for work on Campylobacter under the H2020 call. This application was unsuccessful but has led to smaller projects funded by industrial partners
Collaborator Contribution Cooperation in writing a research application
Impact Submission of an H2020 pre-proposal Submission of a full proposal Collaboration by exchange of novel chicken cell lines and Campylobacter strains
Start Year 2015
Description Thailand chicken projects 
Organisation Chulalongkorn University
Department Department of Veterinary Public Health
Country Thailand 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution My team in Liverpool provided expertise and training in Thailand on the molecular epidemiology of Campylobacter in broiler chicken production. Work on this project has now ceased.
Collaborator Contribution The Thai collaborators collected Campylobacter isolates and production and environmental information from every stage of the chicken production chain.
Impact A PhD student Sakaoporn Prachantasena 2014-2015 (Royal Golden Jubilee Fund, Thailand), visited Liverpool to undertake further characterisation work on Thai poultry isolates, including whole genome sequencing, survival in water and soil, cell invasion in Caco-2 cell lines. Access was also provided to training and facilitires. This work has been written up for publication, which has been submitted to PLoS One. Two other Thai PhD students spent 3 months in Swansea last year.
Start Year 2012
Description Lectures in Thailand and Viet Nam 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The principal activity was to give an invited lecture at the British Embassy in Bangkok as a distinguished acaxdemic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013