The Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) Poultry Deboning Line Screening System is one step closer to making its way to processing plants. The initial steps of technology transfer are underway as Gainco Inc. has begun commercial testing of the system. The technology transfer arrangement enables Gainco, a Gainesville, Georgia-based equipment developer for the poultry, meat, and seafood processing industries, to use the automated vision-based system as part of its proprietary YieldScan™ Rapid Yield Analyzer.
Bridging the gap between university-based research and successful commercialization can be one of the more challenging aspects of technology transfer. Often times the basic research being conducted by academic and research faculty members is highly theoretical and deals with fundamentals of basic science and engineering. While it often requires significant resources and time to derive a meaningful scientific research discovery, it can also be costly and time-consuming to translate this discovery into the marketplace.
Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) recently commissioned a dynamic filtration system capable of improved screening of poultry wastewater and other liquid streams with a variety of organic solids. The efforts result from a goal of achieving process water solids separations with one technology that can rival screens (medium and microscreening). Research has culminated in a provisional patent application.
A team of researchers from Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia (UGA) has been awarded a three-year research grant worth $499,953 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The grant is one of 35 awarded nationally under NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Food Safety program to improve food safety by helping control microbial and chemical contamination in various foods.
Poultry growout houses require daily monitoring to ensure bird health and proper house operation. Current practices require growers to walk through multiple houses several times a day. However, as one may imagine, they are time-consuming. Could an automated monitoring system be the answer? Researchers with the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Agricultural Technology Research Program are exploring the use of small, low-cost unmanned air and ground robots to monitor conditions within the growout house.
The history of the poultry industry over the past 60 years is a fascinating combination of innovations in genetics, nutrition, animal health, food safety, and processing technology. What brings this history to life for me though are the stories about the early poultry pioneers who took great risks to build companies from scratch. Thomas Carlyle, a 19th century philosopher and writer, said “the history of the world is but the biography of great men.” The same can be said for the men and women who played an important role in the history of poultry in Georgia and the rest of the United States.
Strong industry partnerships have been the driving force behind the success of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP). For the past four decades, ATRP has worked with Georgia’s poultry, food processing, and agribusiness sectors to develop new technologies and adapt existing ones for specialized industrial needs. Transitioning as many of these technologies from R&D prototypes to commercial products is a top priority of the program.
The National Chicken Council (NCC) has launched www.ChickenRoost.com, a new website that features information on issues such as animal welfare, food safety, environmental stewardship, antibiotic use, and the modern partnership between farmers and chicken companies.
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