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Variations in stress responsivity in hens: matching birds to environments

Variations in stress responsivity in hens: matching birds to environments

Objective

Because of the high demand for eggs, large numbers of hens are farmed in modern egg production. Because of the intensity of this form of farming, the public has justifiably been concerned about the welfare of these birds. Higher welfare also leads to higher quality eggs, higher productivity, and lower incidence of disease and therefore lower need for antibiotics.
We aim to reduce the chronic stress experienced by hens. To this end, we will investigate the neurobiological, genetic and developmental factors that lead to higher stress resilience, and the environmental (housing) factors that lead to chronic stress. Europe has led the world in hen welfare with the complete ban of battery cages (European Union Council Directive 1999/74/EC). However, the replacement housing systems have their own potential welfare challenges. Our goal is to identify these challenges and develop improvements for implementation by industry.
We will train a new generation of innovative and entrepreneurial early-stage researchers, able to face different challenges related to poultry farming and to apply scientific knowledge and ideas to products and services for economic and social benefit. To do this, we will constitute an international network of groups with expertise in avian brain research, genetics, welfare and egg farming. The training will be complemented by secondments in different laboratories of the network, workshops, and industrial secondments in the poultry industry.
The new generation of professionals will apply this knowledge and experience to improve poultry housing systems, welfare, and product quality, which will grow the sector's resilience in addressing growing societal demands for higher animal welfare and healthier diets. Moreover, they will contribute to strengthen Europe's human capital in R&I, increase Europe's attractiveness as a leading research destination, improve Europe's competitiveness and growth, and engage in an improved knowledge-based economy and society.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Address

Kings Gate
Ne1 7ru Newcastle Upon Tyne

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 303 172,56

Participants (11)

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INSTITUT DE RECERCA BIOMEDICA DE LLEIDA FUNDACIO PRIVADA DOCTOR PIFARRE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 250 904,88

UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 250 904,88

THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 303 172,56

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 263 500,92

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 843 829,92

SRUC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 303 172,56

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 265 619,88

NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 292 342,32

EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 256 320

HENDRIX GENETICS RESEARCH,TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 265 619,88

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 274 684,32

Partners (8)

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TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

THE LAKES FREERANGE EGG COMPANY LTD

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

NOLDUS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BV

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 812777

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2019

  • End date

    30 April 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 873 244,68

  • EU contribution

    € 3 873 244,68

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom