Seasonality of thermophilic Campylobacter populations in chickens

J. S. Wallace, K. N. Stanley, J. E. Currie, P. J. Diggle, K. Jones

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The small intestines and caeca of chickens were monitored for seasonal variation of thermophilic campylobacters over a 12-month period. There was a significant seasonal fluctuation in the carriage rate which correlated with the following environmental parameters : sunshine hours (P = 0.0003) and minimum (P = 0.007) and maximum temperatures (P = 0.003). The number of campylobacters in the small intestine and caeca also showed significant seasonal variation (P = 0.0008); however, the periodicity in the caeca was significantly different from that in the small intestine (P = 0.007). The numbers of Campylobacter in the caeca were significantly higher than those in the small intestine (P = 0.001). No significant correlation was found between the numbers of campylobacters in the caeca and small intestines and the environmental parameters monitored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Microbiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology


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