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      Improving poultry meat quality 

      Quality defects associated with poultry muscle development: wooden breast

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          The increasing consumer demand for poultry meat has led to intensive breeding programs to achieve higher growths rate and high breast yields in modern chickens, indirectly resulting in the occurrence of growth-related muscular abnormalities. Among these, wooden breast (WB) is characterized by bulging and pale areas of hardened consistency mainly occurring in the Pectoralis major muscles of fast-growing broilers. Since WB has detrimental effects on the quality and technological properties of poultry meat, there has been significant research to identify causative mechanisms and strategies to minimize its negative effects. This chapter aims to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge regarding WB, focusing on: the possible factors underlying occurrence of WB; the main features of this abnormality and its effects on key poultry meat quality traits; and potential strategies to mitigate the detrimental effects of WB.

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          9781801467445
          05 December 2022
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          [1 ]Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (Italy)
          10.19103/AS.2022.0112.11
          e151304a-b1fe-4950-9d33-0a36a7ad0c95
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          TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Animal Husbandry,TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture,Animal husbandry,Sustainable agriculture,Agricultural science,Poultry farming,Sustainable agriculture,Agricultural science

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