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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Microbiology|
|State||Published - 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology