publication . Doctoral thesis . 2013

Genetics of muscle and meat quality in chicken

Zahoor, Imran;
Open Access English
  • Published: 06 Jul 2013
  • Publisher: The University of Edinburgh
Skeletal muscles in broilers are generally characterised by pathological muscle damage, indicated by greater plasma creatine kinase (CK) activity, higher incidence of haemorrhages, lighter and less coloured breast muscles, compared with layers and traditional breeds of chicken. Muscle damage is further exacerbated by exposure to stressful conditions such as high ambient temperatures which results in a further decrease in the quality of broiler meat and leads to the production of pale, soft and exudative (PSE) meat. This growing incidence of poor quality poultry meat is causing substantial losses to the meat industry. However, in contrast to ...
free text keywords: heat stress, chicken, genes, SNP, single nucleotide polymorphisms, muscle quality, meat quality
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