Applied Muscle Biology and Meat Science

1st Edition

Min Du, Ph.D., Richard J. McCormick

CRC Press
Published May 26, 2009
Textbook - 360 Pages - 14 Color & 72 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420092721 - CAT# 92723

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Summary

Many of the difficulties that meat and animal scientists face when attempting to address specific problems—such as stress susceptibility and poor meat quality in swine—stem from a lack of understanding of the underlying biological mechanisms that drive muscle growth, metabolism, and its conversion to meat. This book provides current knowledge about skeletal muscle and meat, and serves as a platform for further investigation of specific technical issues.

Applied Muscle Biology and Meat Science outlines the tremendous strides made in the field of muscle biology in recent years, particularly pertaining to the understanding of the mechanisms that control skeletal muscle growth and development. With a distinguished international team of contributors, this text discusses the impact these factors have on meat production and quality with worldwide applicability.

This state-of-the-science reference covers a wide range of topics in muscle biology and meat science, including genetic selection, muscle structure and development, muscle protein turnover and meat tenderization, meat quality, collagen, color, lipid, and meat safety. With approximately 85 illustrations and tables, the text focuses on biological changes and the appropriate management techniques for meat animals.

Given recent developments in energy costs and distribution and changes in the commodities markets driven by the demand for biofuels, the challenges for animal production agriculture will only increase. This valuable text furthers understanding of the underlying biological mechanisms that are related to animal and meat production--an understanding that will play an integral role in solving today’s industry challenges.

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