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New predictors for pork quality derived from gene expression profiles of skeletal muscle during prenatal development

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-01363
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-01-2001
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,769,295 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,199,995 EUR
Scientific Officer: Michel VAN DEN BOSSCHE
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Animal Systems

Abstract:
An important aspect of quality of life in the European community is the availability of healthy high-quality food, including meat. The project aims at the use of genomic data and natural regulation mechanisms to offer new appraoches to improve pork quality. An important proportion of the heritability of meat quality is determined during prenatal muscle development. Therefore, breed-specific gene expression in embryonic muscle tissue of extreme breeds in meat quality and muscularity will be studied to detect functional candidates, that will be mapped and screened for polymorphism. Genotypic variation will be associated with phenotypic differences in technological meat quality parameters in commercial pigs. This project will provide more than 100 novel genes/ESTs physically mapped, about 80 new polymorphic DNA markers (SNPs), and 10 SNPs with proven association to meat-quality traits suitable for implementation in conventional production systems.


Coordinator
Ingo WEILER
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Bonn
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 228 737274
Fax: +49 228 739353
E-mail: i.weiler@uni-bonn.de


Partners
  Hans DE VRIES
Institute for Animal Science and Health
Lelystad
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 320238238
Fax: +31 320238050
E-mail: postkamer@id.dlo.nl
  Patricia DUNCAN
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1413 304533
Fax: +44 1413 305611
E-mail: pduncan@mis.gla.ac.uk
  Gilberto GOVI
University of Bologna
Reggio Emilia
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0522290522
Fax: +39 0522290523
E-mail: roberta.davoli@stpa.unibo.it
  Jan W.M. MERKS
IPG, Institute for Pig Genetics B.V.
Beuningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 246779999
Fax: +31 246779800
E-mail: jan_merks@ipg.nl
  J. INGWERSEN
Züchtungszentrale Deutsches Hybridschwein GmbH
Lüneburg
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 4131 70070
Fax: +49 4131 700715
  J. INGWERSEN
Landesverband Rheinischer Schweinezüchter
Bonn
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 228 636374
Fax: +49 228 635315