Infrastructure and facilities
Specific Pathogen Free Unit
Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) eggs
are commercially available for R&D uses. SPF chickens
for experimental use of AI samples has been a limitation. In
view of the diagnostic requirements SPF unit was established at
NIHSAD campus of IVRI at Bhopal in 2008. It was constructed at a cost of Rs.
3.43 crore with equipments imported from Holland.
The facility could be established through special grant
sanctioned by Hon’ble Dr. Mangla Rai, D.G. ICAR in Xth
plan after the first outbreak of Bird flu (Avian influenza
HPAI-H5N1) in 2006. The SPF unit has got two positive
pressure super-isolators with a capacity to house 50 adult
birds each, two incubator isolators for hatching, two transport isolators
and two egg incubator. The SPF chickens grown from this unit
at NIHSAD are used in carrying out influenza research work at