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  • IN-VIVO MEASUREMENT OF BODY COMPOSITION IN MEAT ANIMALS. PROCEEDINGS OF A WORKSHOP HELD AT LANGFORD, BRISTOL (UK) ON NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 1, 1983.

Abstract

The workshop was devoted mainly to the description of new techniques such as X-ray computerized tomography (CT) or Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR). The principles of these techniques and examples of their use in man and farm animals have been extensively discussed. Shorter presentations of more "classical" methods (ultrasound, dilution, 40-K whole body counting, specific gravity) were also given. The technical aspects of these procedures were discussed with regard to opportunities of application in animal production and industry. Methods for describing body composition can be classified into three groups: Measurements of the whole body (for example, 40-K counting, specific gravity, water space); measurements of a "sample", on a part to whole relationship (e.g. evaluation of subcutaneous fatty tissues by skinfold measurement, ultrasonics or adipose cell size); measurement of metabolites in blood or incorporation of labelled tracers in body tissues. These methods are of great interest in many aspects of animal production, but the level of accuracy required by the methods differs widely according to the situation in which they are used. The presentation of all these methods here has clarified their applicability but also their limits and some of their weaknesses. Further research is needed.

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Authors: LISTER D AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD RESEARCH COUNCIL, MEAT RESEARCH INSTITUTE, LANGFORD, BRISTOL (UK), AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD RESEARCH COUNCIL, MEAT RESEARCH INSTITUTE, LANGFORD, BRISTOL (UK)
Bibliographic Reference: BOOK, 241 PP, 1984, ISBN 0-85334-319-5 WRITE TO ELSEVIER APPLIED SCIENCE PUBLISHERS LTD., RIPPLE ROAD, BARKING, ESSEX (UK), PRICE UKL 28, (EUR 9001 EN).
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