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New gene tools to improve pig welfare and the quality of pork *

Contract nr: QLRT-CT-2000-01888
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date:
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 4,090,775 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,212,023 EUR
Scientific Officer:
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Animal Systems

Abstract:
The 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.

Objectives:
The 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 traits.
2. Biochemical, metabolic , technological, sensory and neuroendocrine characterisation of quality and stress in muscle.
3. Establishing the relationship between animal stress (welfare) and quality.
4. Preparation of mRNA, cDNA libraries and expression microarrays.
5. Characterisation of genes/gene products expressed in meat of high quality.
6. Analysis of associations between the quality traits and expressed genes.
7. Development of genes as novel quality detection systems.
8. Dissemination of the project information by reports, workshops, a website and scientific papers.


Coordinator
Graham PLASTOW
PIC INTERNATIONAL GROUP PLC
Cambridge
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1865822200
Fax: +44 1865821157
E-mail: plastowg@fyf.pig.co.uk


Partners
  John MACRAE
Nutrition and Development Division, Rowett Research Institute
Bucksburn, Aberden
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1224716611
Fax: +44 1224715349
E-mail: j.macrae@rri.sari.ac.uk
  Joseph WATSON
National Diagnostics Centre
Galway
IRELAND
Tel.: +353 91750343
Fax: +353 91526388
E-mail: joe.watson@nuigalway.ie
  Xavier ALIBES
Centre de tecnologia de la Carn
Monells (Girona)
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 34674046
Fax: +34 346744042
E-mail: xavier.alibes@irta.es
  Pierre CHASSIN
INRA - Laboratoire de Neurogénétique et Stress
Bordeaux
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 56843277
Fax: +33 5 56843277
E-mail: chassin@bordeaux.inra.fr