The PROHEALTH project runs from the first of December 2013 until the end of November 2018.
Rapidly increasing world population growth is causing increasing concern about future food security. Resulting intensification of farming increases the risk and susceptibility of animals to production diseases, which are multi-factorial in origin.
Production diseases are estimated to cause 10-15% reduction in performance efficiency of pig and poultry farming, resulting in huge financial losses. Coccidiosis alone costs the US poultry industry over US$ 1.5 billion. The evolution of production diseases and emergences of new infections clearly challenge the existing options to treat animals and control diseases spread, which leads to the need for new tools and innovative solutions.