Dr. Olayiwola (Layi) Adeola received the National Chicken Council Broiler Research Award at this year’s Poultry Science Association meeting.  He has been on the faculty of the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University since 1991 where he is a professor. The Broiler Research Award, instituted by NCC, is given for distinctive research work that has a strong economic impact on the broiler industry. Research may be conducted in any major discipline and is evaluated primarily on the economic influence the work has had or will have on the industry. The award is given for research published in the preceding five calendar years.

Dr. Adeola served as nonruminant nutrition section editor for the Journal of Animal Science from 2001 to 2005 and is a member of the editorial board of Poultry Science.  He is also an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Animal Sciences  and was appointed to serve on the National Research Council Committee on Nutrient Requirements of Swine in 2010.

Dr. Adeola has developed an internationally recognized research program in energy and nutrient utilization of nonruminant animals for improving the efficiency of lean meat production and minimizing the flow of nutrients through animal waste into the environment. The research from Dr. Adeola’s lab has contributed to the development of cost-effective diet formulation strategies for broiler chickens that improve the retention of phosphorus, energy, and nitrogen–the three most expensive components in the diets of broilers. The pioneering research efforts in Adeola’s lab led to the commercial availability of phytase preparations that are currently used on a routine basis in broiler feeds. His more recent research efforts have focused on ascribing metabolizable energy value to feed ingredients and the adoption of digestible amino acid formulation by the poultry industry.