It seems like there’s a chicken problem in the UK, but it’s not as simple as one chicken can have more than one illness.
A study published in the journal Science has revealed that while there are more chickens in Britain than ever before, they may not all have the same number of viruses and bacteria that cause the disease.
It’s not all bad news.
The UK’s poultry industry is booming.
According to a 2016 report by the UK Food Standards Agency, more than 1.2 billion birds are produced and sold every year, and it’s expected to grow further in the coming years.
But there are still some chicken breeds that have less than ideal health records.
For instance, there are some breeds that are more prone to respiratory infections such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re more susceptible to chicken flu.
“It’s the type of strain that the chicken was raised in that was the problem,” said lead author of the study, Dr David Wilson.
“You can be raising chickens with that strain and have good growth in the lab, but they’re not going to be as healthy as the ones you’re going to have in the field.”
It’s a common misconception that there are a few common strains of chicken that all have similar infections.
Dr Wilson explained that the problem is really about the different strains of the same virus, or bacteria.
“We’re looking at a lot of different strains, but we’re actually looking at three distinct strains, each of which is a different strain of influenza virus.”
The main thing to remember is that the bacteria that live in the chicken that we’re using are all the same bacteria,” he said.”
But the viruses that they produce are different.
“There are a number of different types of influenza viruses in the poultry industry, including strains that cause chicken flu and strains that are produced in China.
However, while the strain that causes chicken flu is more prevalent in the wild, the strains that make up the chicken’s genome are different.”
What we know is that there’s different strains for different types and we know that the birds that are raised in the United Kingdom and those that are bred in China have different strains,” Dr Wilson said.
The chicken study was a collaboration between the University of Exeter and the University College London.
It used the genetic sequencing technology of the US-based National Center for Biotechnology Information to map the genomes of chickens.”
Our work is looking at all the different genetic variations in the genome, so the different strain strains, and we can tell that there is a very high level of variation,” Dr Tom Beggs, of the Centre for Health, Environment and Food Security, said.
It wasn’t until now that we had an insight into what is going on in chicken farms.”
There is a lot more than meets the eye in the way that the genetic material is put together, and that makes it very difficult to identify which particular strain is causing the problem, and to isolate those particular strains,” he explained.
The UK has a long history of producing a wide range of chicken, from the classic British red, yellow, and orange to the American chicken, which is more of a mix of European and Asian breeds.
In the past, chicken farms were much more spread out in the country, and therefore a lot less efficient at producing the chicken needed for the supermarket market.”
In the UK the number of chickens that are fed is so small, that the farms have been able to grow and produce as many chickens as they can,” Dr Begg, from CSIRO, said, adding that the UK now has some of the most efficient chicken farms in the world.
The British government has a major chicken research initiative that has resulted in a large amount of new genetic data about chicken production.
But Dr Beg said that there needs to be more information in the public domain about the strains of virus that cause different chicken illnesses, as well as a more rigorous testing process for chicken in the supermarket.”
This is a major issue that needs to get looked at because we’re not getting the data that we need to know what is causing chicken flu,” he concluded.