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Enhancing the content of beneficial fatty acids in beef and improving meat quality for the consumer

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK1-CT-2000-01423

  • Start date

    1 October 2000

  • End date

    30 September 2003

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 059 204

  • EU contribution

    € 1 920 272

Coordinated by:

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

United Kingdom

Objective

The aim of this project is to improve the quality of life for the EU consumer by developing strategies for the production of beef with improved nutritional value and quality. The content of saturated fat will be decreased while increasing the content of beneficial n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and conjugated linoleicacid. The project seeks to exploit more extensive beef production practices with higher forage inputs (grass and clover), which are the primary source of n-3 fatty acids (mainly alpha-lanoline acid; C18:3n-3). Four beef production systems representative of those used in the EU, but varying in level of intensification will be examined. Beef produced will be characterised for fatty acid composition and meat quality, especially flavour. The role of the rumen and post absorption processes in regulating the dietary potential to manipulate the fatty acid composition of beef will be examined.

Coordinator

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Address

Gogerddan
Sy23 3eb Aberystwyth, Ceredigion

United Kingdom

Participants (6)

GENT UNIVERSITY

Belgium

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR BIOLOGY OF FARM ANIMALS

Germany

SOUTHERN COUNTIES FRESH FOODS LTD

United Kingdom

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK1-CT-2000-01423

  • Start date

    1 October 2000

  • End date

    30 September 2003

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 059 204

  • EU contribution

    € 1 920 272

Coordinated by:

Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

United Kingdom