Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dr Stanley Delves into Agricultural Research

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dr Stanley Delves into Agricultural Research

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Byline: Emma Clarke emma.clarke@capnews.com.au

A CQUNIVERSITY researcher has landed a $360,000 fellowship to study intestinal bacteria of chickens -- but her research would not be successful without the support of local farmers.

Dr Dana Stanley is about to start a three-year study of next generation probiotic development in chickens with a view to move onto other agricultural animals including cattle, pigs and sheep.

"The latest thing in the last few years has been identifying bacteria as the biggest organ in the human body," Dr Stanley said.

"We want to know how to help absorb nutrients and food and gain more weight and be healthier in agricultural animals including sheep, pigs and cattle."

She said the region's farmers continually support agricultural research at CQUniversity and collaborated closely with researchers.

"We got into actual farms and they let use their facilities.

"We have never met a farmer in the CQ region that says no to taking samples or participating," she said.

"Farmers are generally a group of people who are very supportive of researchers and when you start talking to them they know about that stuff.

"They will know old wives tales and have hands-on experience so we can go to them and talk to them as equals. …

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