Animal Scientist wins PRT award
Mariana Ciacciariello, lecturer and researcher in Monogastric
Nutrition at the Department of Animal Sciences, has been awarded
the annual Achievement Award for the best thesis for a doctorate
degree by the Protein Research Trust (PRT) of South Africa.
The award was given at the 10th anniversary of the PRT at
the Village at Spier Estate. Dr Ciacciariello’s thesis
was on The Productive Response of Broiler Breeder Hens to
Lighting and Growth Manipulation During Rearing. She finished
her PhD at the University of Natal under the supervision of
Prof Rob M. Gous in December 2003 and was appointed as lecturer
at Animal Sciences in February 2004. Four scientific papers
were accepted for publication from the research and two more
are due for submission.
Ciacciariello, M. & Gous, R.M. (2004) A comparison of
feeding treatments, applied from 15 weeks, and lighting on
age at first egg and subsequent laying performance and carcass
composition of broiler breeder hens. British Poultry Science.
Lewis, P.D., Ciacciariello, M., Sharp, P.J. and Gous R.M.
(2004) Plasma LH and FSH in broiler breeders. British Poultry
Science. In press
Ciacciariello, M and Gous, R.M. (2004) Age at sexual maturity
and settable egg production in broiler breeders as influenced
by growth and lighting programmes. XXII World’s Poultry
Congress, Istanbul, Turkey.
Lewis, P.D., Ciacciariello, M. & Gous, R.M. (2003) Photorefractoriness
in broiler breeders: Sexual maturity and egg production evidence.
British Poultry Science, 44: 634-642.