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Assessment of genetic variation in meat quality and the evaluation of the role of candidate genes in beef characteristics

Objective

Selective breeding in cattle has been very successful in increasing the quantity of production, but up to now there has been little selection for product quality. Identification of the genes involved in aspects of meat quality and the programmes to enhance meat quality and to account for regional variations in preference. This project will define the variation in meat quality using standardised measurements, in and between breeds of cattle representing the spectrum of diversity found in Europe when reared under standardised management conditions. The genetic component of the variation in specific measures of meat quality will be identified, and the contribution of "candidate" genes and QTL to that variation tested using single nucleotide polymorphisms identified in the project as markers for alleles of the genes.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ROSLIN INSTITUTE (EDINBURGH)
Address

EH25 9PS Roslin, Midlothian
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

DIPUTACION GENERAL DE ARAGON
Spain
Address
176,Montana 176
50080 Zaragoza
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
Inra Theix
63122 Saint Genes Champanelle
ISTITUTO SPERIMENTALE PER LA ZOOTECNIA
Italy
Address
Via Salaria 31
00016 Monterotondo
THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Denmark
Address
30,Rolighedsvej 30
1958 Frederisksberg
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Ciudad Universitaria S/n°
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
Address
Miguel Servet 177
50013 Zaragoza
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Churchill Building
BS40 5DU Bristol
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
Address
Via S. Camillo De Lellis
01100 Viterbo