USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the USDA-ARS U.S. National Poultry Research Center in Athens, Ga., in which the researchers focused on detecting wooden breast fillets with imaging technology. The research was made possible by an endowing gift from GNP Company, and the research project is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing.

A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, The project summary is as follows.


Project #694: Identification of the Wooden Breast Condition in Broiler Breast Fillets Using Imaging Technology
(Dr. Brian Bowker, USDA-ARS, Athens, Ga.)

Researchers at the USDA-ARS in Athens, Ga., led by Dr. Brian Bowker, recently completed a research project focused on the application of imaging technology to detect the wooden breast condition in breast fillets. Multiple imaging technologies were utilized to differentiate normal breast fillets from affected breast fillets. Breast fillets affected with wooden breast could be detected with greater than 95 percent accuracy. These results point to the feasibility of adapting imaging technology to detect wooden breast in an online processing plant setting.