Adapting Chicken Production to Climate Change through Breeding
Heat stress is one of the biggest hazards of chicken production in the United States. Researchers at the University of Delaware studied chickens from around the world and mapped genetic markers that may improve heat tolerance. The research also contributed to the “chicken gene atlas,” helping to provide basic information for future studies. This work could revolutionize poultry breeding in the United States by reducing the need to manage heat stress in hatcheries and birdhouses.
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