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Avian Immunology

By: Karel A Schat(Editor), Bernd Kaspers(Editor), Pete Kaiser(Editor)
544 pages, illustrations
Publisher: Academic Press
Avian Immunology
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  • Avian Immunology ISBN: 9780123969651 Edition: 2 Hardback Aug 2013 Usually dispatched within 1 week
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About this book

The science underpinning avian immunology is crucial to understanding basic immunological principles and the exceptional features of the avian immune system, as different strategies birds have adopted can provide important evolutionary insights. Avian Immunology provides the most complete picture of the avian immune system so far. The world-wide importance of poultry protein for the human diet, the threat of an avian influenza pandemic and heavy reliance on vaccination to protect commercial flocks world-wide demonstrates the need to review the important practical lessons in disease control presented here.


1. The importance of the avian immune system and its unique features
2.Structure of the avian lymphoid system
3. Development of the avian immune system
4.B cells, the bursa of Fabricius and the generation of antibody repertoires
5.Avian T cells: antigen recognition and lineage
6. Structure and evolution of avian immunoglobulins
7.Avian innate immune responses
8. The avian MHC
9. Avian antigen presenting cells
10. Avian cytokines and chemokines
11. Immunogenetics and mapping immunological functions
12. The avian mucosal immune system
13. The avian enteric immune system in health and disease
14. The avian respiratory immune system
15. The avian reproductive immune system
16. Avian immunosuppressive diseases and immune evasion
17. Factors modulating the avian immune system

Autoimmune diseases of poultry
18. Tumours of the avian immune system
19. Practical aspects of poultry vaccination

Comparative immunology of agricultural birds
20. Ecoimmunology

Appendix 1. Genetic stocks for immunological research
Appendix 2. Resources available for studying avian immunology

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By: Karel A Schat(Editor), Bernd Kaspers(Editor), Pete Kaiser(Editor)
544 pages, illustrations
Publisher: Academic Press
Media reviews

"[...] This book is a very useful tool for anyone interested in conducting research on the topic or as an advanced introduction to avian immunology."
– Daria Dadam, BTO book reviews

“This book would serve as reference that all can resort to for old and new information.  This field lacks such a resource and I personally have used the first version extensively whether as refresher or to acquire new knowledge.  Much of the classical discoveries in this area are not readily available to the public and this book will afford access to such information.  The appendices are especially helpful as many scientists are not aware of the resources available.”
– Dr. Rami A. Dalloul, Associate Professor, Dept. of Animal & Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech, USA

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