EU meat industry is in decline resulting in serious socio-economic
impacts. One reason for this is inability to deliver consistently
high quality meat products to the consumer. QualityPorkGENES addresses
this problem by describing pork meat quality and stress response
in pigs in order to meet consumer requirements for both quality
and welfare. Simultaneously, the genes associated with quality
and stress will be identified using DNA microarrays and proteomics.
These genes will then be available for use as diagnostic tools
that can be used for breeding or quality assurance. Selecting
those genes that best meet consumer requirements will ensure that
the European industry will be able to compete more effectively.
These novel detection tools will help the pork meat industry predict
quality and provide consistently high-quality products with benefits
for consumer satisfaction, product sales/exports and the quality
of life in the EU rural economy.
aim of the project is to identify genes that can form the basis
of a novel system for the detection and delivery of pork meat
with known high quality.
This will be met by achieving the following objectives:
1. Provision of muscle samples from pigs with divergent quality
2. Biochemical, metabolic , technological, sensory and neuroendocrine
characterisation of quality and stress in muscle.
3. Establishing the relationship between animal stress (welfare)
4. Preparation of mRNA, cDNA libraries and expression microarrays.
5. Characterisation of genes/gene products expressed in meat of
6. Analysis of associations between the quality traits and expressed
7. Development of genes as novel quality detection systems.
8. Dissemination of the project information by reports, workshops,
a website and scientific papers.
PIC INTERNATIONAL GROUP PLC
Nutrition and Development Division, Rowett Research Institute
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National Diagnostics Centre
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Centre de tecnologia de la Carn
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INRA - Laboratoire de Neurogénétique et Stress
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