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Fat Accumulation in Meat Animals

Research in NIFA-sponsored Regulation of Adipose Tissue Accretion in Meat Animals (NCR-097) multistate project is dedicated to understanding regulation and mechanisms for control of adipose tissue (fat) deposition in animals raised for meat production. Adipose tissue is necessary for survival of animals because it supplies and stores energy, and it is an endocrine (hormone-secreting) organ. Excess fat is costly to produce and is an unwanted product for the consumer of lean meat. Growth of animals is being modified to decrease fat production by genetic selection or by nutritional or pharmacological means. Research contributions are being made by Purdue University, the University of Nebraska and USDA-ARS.



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Last Updated: 01/28/2009