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The “Microbiota in Poultry” network

The role of the "Microbiota in Poultry "network, which was set up in 2016, is to foster the emergence of focused projects to demonstrate the effects of genetics and livestock management methods on the microbiota in order to identify levers for global improvements throughout the sector.

Poule, race Orpington fauve lisière noire.. © INRA, WEBER Jean
Updated on 05/02/2018
Published on 02/01/2018

Objectives of the network:

This network is designed to foster the emergence of projects that are mainly focused on chickens (Gallus gallus) by studying the microbiotas of the host and and its environments (holobiont) in interaction with biotic (host, pathogens) and abiotic factors at all levels in the sector, from breeding to feeds (meat and egg products).
It is hoped that these projects will help us to understand host-pathogen-microbiota interactions as a function of genetic lines and livestock methods and identify levers to deal with the major challenges facing the sector.


  • To improve the health and organoleptic quality of foods (meats and egg products).
  • To improve the health and welfare of animals.
  • To improve the feed efficiency of animals.


  • 11 INRA Research Units (based in Jouy-en-Josas, Le Magneraud, Nantes, Toulouse, Tours-Nouzilly and Rennes)
  • ITAVI (French Poultry Technical Institute)
  • SYSAAF (Poultry Branch of the French Poultry and Aquaculture Breeders Association)
  • ITAVI-INRA Joint Technology Unit – Biology and Innovation for Research and Development in Poultry Breeding (UMT BIRD)
  • ITAVI-ANSES Joint Technology Unit – Technological Impact of Livestock Systems on the Health and Health Quality of Poultry Products (UMT SANIVOL).


Monique Zagorec, Scientific Manager of the Project.  Joint Research Unit for Food Safety and Microbiology (UMR SECALIM), Microbiology and the Food Chain Division (MICA)