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The cellular basis of feed efficiency in poultry muscle: mitochondria and nucleic acid metabolism

Code: 9781838792077
Walter Bottje and Byung-Whi Kong, University of Arkansas, USA

Chapter synopsis: Feed is one of the most significant costs involved in animal production, and feed efficiency is therefore a very important genetic trait in animal agriculture. In poultry, a clear link between breast muscle mitochondrial function and feed efficiency has been reported. This chapter provides an overview of the mitochondrial processes which occur in muscle cells, presents the evidence that enhanced mitochondrial functions lead to high feed efficiency, and then considers the role of enhanced nucleotide metabolism and muscle cytoarchitecture in the feed efficiency of broilers.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0011.05
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Mitochondrial processes: an overview 3 Evidence of mitochondrial role in high feed efficiency 4 Enhanced nucleotide metabolism in high feed efficiency 5 Muscle cytoarchitecture and feed efficiency 6 Summary 7 Where to look for further information 8 Acknowledgements 9 References

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