chapter  11
Recent Advances in the in Vitro Cultivation of the Coccidia
WithRichard G. Strout, Dennis M. Schmatz
Pages 14

The in vitro cultivation of the coccidia is becoming increasingly important as immunologists, biologists, biochemists, and molecular biologists begin to ask new questions in regard to the growth, development, and control of these organisms. Although coccidian parasites are present in almost every member of the animal kingdom, they are for the most part only a major problem in domesticated animals where high density housing has enhanced the infective process. Coccidial infections in chickens have been one of the most important areas due to the type of dense housing used for chickens and the new demands on the poultry industry fueled by the increased consumption of chicken meat throughout the world due to price, new products and as an alternative to red meat.