“Turkeys are a huge industry in the United States, and this research has the potential to greatly help that industry,” says Roger Coulombe. Coulombe hopes that adding inexpensive BHT to feed grains will provide poultry producers with a way on enhance turkey health and create a better product. Now, Coulombe is working with regulatory agencies to get the antioxidants improved for farm animals. He is also interested in studying turkey genetics to see if their genes could make them stronger. Wild turkeys do not have as much of a problem with disease as farm-bred turkeys. Coulombe wants to see if there is a lost or muted gene that makes farm-bred turkeys more susceptible to illness and find a way to reintroduce the lost gene into domesticated turkeys to improve their health.
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