Researchers Investigate Influence of Heat Stress on Pig Fetal Development
Researchers at Iowa State University are investigating how heat stress can inﬂuence a pig’s fetal development and postnatal life, including the ability to develop and grow. The results of this project have thus far provided important insight into the physiological effects of heat stress. Discoveries obtained from this project are improving understanding of how heat stress directly and indirectly alters post-absorptive nutrient partitioning and tissue synthesis and is a step towards developing future mitigating strategies to maximize pork production during the stressful summer months. The results of this study could have a positive impact on pork producers worldwide.
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